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Old 11-23-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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Read the short story, "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson sometime. Sometimes, it can really feel that tribal/closed. If you can get past that, you'll be ok. Absolutely everything has to be centered around local bands, local restaurants, local artists, local music, local everything, etc. You'll hear about college football so much you'll learn to feign interest. Sometimes, it's like there is no outside world, and if there is, you feel far divided from it.

It's the only place where people seem to brag about looking others up on the Online Court Search. Unlike other states, it's very easy to do in Iowa, no fee. Even a speeding ticket 1mph over gets you on there.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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I live in Iowa but I have also lived in Minneapolis and Dallas. Just avoid the really tiny towns in rural Iowa and you'll be okay on the religion deal. I love Iowa. I've traveled a lot, but this is my home and I feel like it's uncomplicated versus a larger city. You may be in for a culture shock. Compared to the East Coast, Iowa is a lot more spread out. You may feel like it is "boring". If you move to Des Moines area, you will be okay with the boredom thing. It's usually pretty easy to make friends here. People are very friendly. On a percentage, I would estimate that 99% of the people I smile at, smile back. People here for the most part are aware of other people's feelings and rudeness is always frowned upon. Not to say that we are easy to run over - on the contrary.

Also, public transportation in Iowa is complete crap compared to the East Coast. East Coast has busses that go everywhere, and Amtrak, and cabs at the drop of a hat. We have busses and cabs but not as accessible as it would be East. So be prepared for that. You will need a vehicle to get around.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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When I used to live in Rhode Island, a female co-worker of mine was considering relocating to Iowa after graduating from college. She had been told by one of her professors at Rhode Island College that the people in Iowa were friendly, polite, courteous, and outgoing. Her professor also told her that Iowans are not Bible-wielding folk that preach to you at the supermarket or at your child's soccer game. My co-worker was irreligious and did not want to relocate to a place where everyday folk (neighbors, co-workers, townsfolk, etc.) would discuss with you their religious beliefs and/or confront for having no particular religion. Basically, she did not to move to a place where people were constantly in your face with talk of God or religion. This hindered my former co-worker from relocating to the South and a large swath of the Midwest. Apparently, her college professor had lived in many different states and she believed that out of all of the places she had lived, she thought that Iowa may suit my co-worker, her student, the best. What is an Iowan's take on this matter? All y'all Iowans need to shed some light on this matter for me since I've never been to Iowa and have only ever known one Iowan. What are Iowans like, for the most part?

Iowans are, for the most part, educated, hard working, and friendly. I have heard about areas in which religion is discussed quite often in social settings. Despite Iowa being a "religious" state, I don't think I have ever heard anyone discuss religion in public or at social gatherings and it is considered a private matter. I go to church, but really don't care if other people do or not, as they have to come to their own conclusions and would never consider forcing my views down someone's throat.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:25 AM
 
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Most Iowans seem to me wanna have too peaceful and quiet life. I am trying to find there people who will rock the boat, be rude or mean and speed on road. So far I have trouble finding them. Where are troublemakers? It's just everybody seem to be too nice and peaceful. Can't find anybody jealous. It doesn't look real to me.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:28 AM
 
Location: England
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What an interesting thread!! I've always wanted to visit Iowa, reading through the last
few pages makes me want to even more. I've always been interested in the idea of
small town middle America. I've been to NYC a few times, and Las Vegas a lot, but it's
Iowa that has been in my thoughts for many years. I will get to visit one day!!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: around the way
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Most Iowans seem to me wanna have too peaceful and quiet life. I am trying to find there people who will rock the boat, be rude or mean and speed on road. So far I have trouble finding them. Where are troublemakers? It's just everybody seem to be too nice and peaceful. Can't find anybody jealous. It doesn't look real to me.
"Boy I sure wish there were more jerks here."
A common complaint in Iowa.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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"Boy I sure wish there were more jerks here."
A common complaint in Iowa.
Hmmm...I've met plenty!
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:32 AM
 
Location: around the way
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Hmmm...I've met plenty!
I don't doubt it, I just thought his statement was kind of funny. I've seen some ridiculous complaints about Iowans but "they're nice and don't go around being rude or picking fights" has to be at the top of the list.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:06 PM
 
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Seems to me (and allow me to speculate) that your friend is likely projecting her own 'nuttiness' with her unreasonable concern about being approached by 'religious people'. If she was secure in her beliefs, she should be excited about the chance to converse with the religious and apply logical argument against their beliefs with respect. Seems that she should just stay in known liberal haven's if she fears the battlefield of ideas so much- the ultimate in confirmation bias.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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If she was secure in her beliefs, she should be excited about the chance to converse with the religious and apply logical argument against their beliefs with respect.
Religion and logic, now that is funny. Good luck with that.

I moved to the Des Moines area and within the first month I had people knocking on my door asking to join their various churches. My experience was unique, but to say that people won't stop to ask about your beliefs is incorrect. It can happen in any town and in any state. Just tell them you are not interested in opinions and fairy tales, then walk away.
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