Iowa is a state full of small towns. Although we do have some pretty great cities, the small towns are what really make up our state’s unique personality. We told you about some great small towns
in this article, and now we’re bringing you 10 more little towns in Iowa where life moves a little slower and the sense of community is strong.
With a population of 972 as of the 2010 census, Anita is a true small town. The very popular Lake Anita State Park sits just outside of town lines. Anita's adorably ironic town slogan is "A Whale of a Town."
2. Belle Plaine
With a population of 2,534, Belle Plaine is a bit larger than some of the other small towns here. It exudes a small-town feel, however, with quiet streets and friendly people.
Belmond, in Wright County, is home to 2,376 people. It's a beautiful little town that values green public spaces and features a gorgeous paved walking trail right through the town.
This beautiful eastern Iowa town of 2,207 calls itself "The Place We Call Home." It has a fantastic downtown shopping district and plenty of great festivals every year to keep residents entertained.
5. Clear Lake
Clear Lake is home to 7,777 people. It sits on the shores of the beautiful Clear Lake, which brings in lots of tourist traffic. This town was the location of the last performances of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and The Big Bopper before their tragic plane crash in 1959.
Just 632 people call Clermont home, giving the town a close-knit feel. Clermont sits on the banks of the Turkey River and boasts a number of historic sites, making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring.
Situated right on the Mississippi River, LeClaire is a beautiful little town of 3,765 featuring 19th century architecture. LeClaire is the home of Antique Archaeology, the antique store owned by the star of the show "American Pickers."
With a tiny population of 375, Marquette is home to Lady Luck Casino, a winery, antique shops, and a beautiful river boardwalk. For nature lovers, Pikes Peak State Park and Effigy Mounds National Monument are both nearby.
This sweet little southwestern Iowa town is home to 5,150 people. It's the second stop on the 2016 RAGBRAI tour. Its great public schools and low cost of living make Shenandoah an excellent place to raise a family.
Located in Madison County, Winterset is home to 5,190 people. It's also home to six covered bridges made famous by the book and movie
The Bridges of Madison County. Winterset is the birthplace of silver screen legend John Wayne.
Small Iowa towns are some of the sweetest places you’ll ever visit. Stop on by any of these places to enjoy the scenery and be treated like a neighbor.