Iowa is pretty much the face of small-town America, and we have countless numbers of charming small towns scattered across the state like chicken feed. While each one is delightful and full of character, there are some that shine even brighter than the rest. Here are ten of the cutest, most charming, and overall best small towns in Iowa. Did yours make the list? Check it out!

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Nothing beats these charming small towns in Iowa. Cheap living, no traffic, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! Did we forget to mention what you think are the best small towns in Iowa? Tell us about it in the comments – we love hearing from you!

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