Friday, January 24, 2014

12 Reasons We Love Iowa

I've been seeing this article "Why Iowa Rules"  all over Facebook lately. Inspired by this article I've decided to write about why I think Iowa's awesome.  Even native Iowans have a tendency to undercut our state.  But when you think about it Iowa is a hard working, progress seeking state that deserves a little more love. Here are a few reasons why living in Iowa isn't so bad.

Everyone Likes Food

Iowa is the largest corn and soy bean producer in the United States.  We also produce 28% of the nations pork, pretty impressive. Best of all 98% of Iowan farms are family owned.

Des Moines 

We've been named the richest city in the United States, also the best city for business and careers. Midwest living isn't so bad after all.

Field of Dreams

Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa. 


Iowa has the highest literacy rate in the nation at 99%.  Not to mention we have some great Universities, colleges, and private schools across the state.

Riverside, Iowa 

AKA the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, need I say more.

Iowa State Fair

The largest event in Iowa, attracting over 1 million people from all over the world! And you can deep fat fry whatever your heart desires.

Leslie Hall 

If you live in the Ames area and don't know who Leslie Hall need to reevaluate your life. Check out her Facebook page here. Iowa has fostered some really great bands, one of my personal favorites The Envy Corps are Ames natives.

Civil Rights

Iowa has always been among the most progressive states in the nation.  After the Civil War, Iowa was the first state to give African Americans the right to vote and Cornell College in Mount Vernon was one of the first college in the United States to admit female students.

American Gothic 

American Gothic by Grant Wood is one of the most iconic paintings in the world and is inspired by a house that still stands in Eldon, Iowa.

Crunch Berries 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa is home to Quaker Oats, the producer of Captain Crunch and the famous Crunch Berries.  If you drive through Cedar Rapids on the right day you can smell Crunch Berries in the air.


We have it.

Changing Seasons 

Okay I know now isn't the best time to talk about the wonderful Iowa weather, but what if you lived in a state that didn't have diverse seasons.  We all know winter in Iowa gets a little rough, but what if you couldn't experience our beautiful falls or had never built a snow man.

I know I didn't hit on every reason Iowa's great so let us know why you love living here! Email your lists to

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