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Old 04-14-2020, 07:38 PM
 
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My son and his family are considering a move to this city from Houston. We may join them. None of us are church goers at all. We are world travelers, artists and writers. The kids are 2 and 3. We travel to Europe every year for a few months in winter. Are the winters in Iowa truly horrendous? We are seeking a small town atmosphere that is safe with good schools. We are not liberal but not really conservative. More independent. Is this town picturesque?
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Old 04-15-2020, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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My son and his family are considering a move to this city from Houston. We may join them. None of us are church goers at all. We are world travelers, artists and writers. The kids are 2 and 3. We travel to Europe every year for a few months in winter. Are the winters in Iowa truly horrendous? We are seeking a small town atmosphere that is safe with good schools. We are not liberal but not really conservative. More independent. Is this town picturesque?
Osceola is not particularly picturesque, but it seems like a well maintained community. I'm guessing it's around 5,000 population and somewhat of a shopping hub for neighboring smaller towns.

This town's location is a plus being right on the intersection of Interstate 35 between Des Moines/Kansas City and US Hwy. 34 with easy access to Omaha. A big plus is the AMTRAK passenger train from Chicago to Denver goes through the town. Just 25-30 miles to the west is where the train stops at Creston. There's a large casino outside of town as well. Just outside of the community is also a fairly large Amish group if you wanted to go back in time. I'm unsure of how much connection they have with the town.

I've driven through Osceola countless times as I have a customer there and it's close to the halfway point between where 2 of my kids live. Other than eating at the Pizza Ranch there on a couple occasions, I can't say that I've had any real extended contact with the town. I can say winters are going to be a lot colder for you being from Houston until you've been there a while to get acclimated. Where I'm from in South Dakota, weather in Osceola is considered right down balmy. I would guess this community will lean more conservative than liberal.
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Old 04-17-2020, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, Arizona
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My cousin lives in Osceola. It is a pretty standard mid-size community in Iowa. My cousin, on the other hand, is a fierce Trumpeter for what that is worth. Is there a reason you chose Osceola out of all areas of Iowa? I think if you are wanting something picturesque maybe Pella? or even Winterset, Adel, Ames, in central Iowa may fill the bill better and give you closer access to Des Moines and the metro than Osceola (other than Pella).
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Old 04-18-2020, 06:09 PM
 
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The AMTRAK passenger train from Chicago to Denver sounds great. I am interested in the city because we are retiring and starting to explore different areas. I found Osceola on a website that features Victorian and craftsman housed for sale for really good princes. We are kind of liberal on social issues but conservative fiscally. We don't attend church but are Christians.
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Old 04-20-2020, 08:34 AM
 
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Have you considered Fairfield? Wouldn't be my cup of tea at all, but you might like it.

Will anyone in the family need a job?

I assume the "travel to Europe every year for a few months in winter" thing will end once the kids are school-aged?
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Old 04-22-2020, 07:39 PM
 
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I will look up Fairfield. Yes 2 people will need jobs. No we are grandparents and do not have school age children. We like to travel in Italy and France when the tourists are not around. We really need a place that has pleasant summers.
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Old 04-22-2020, 08:27 PM
 
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The largest employers in Osceola are the Hormel plant and the casino, I believe.
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