Iowa Local Customs

  • Tobacco Bowl
    Tobacco Bowl
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  • So very true!
    So very true!
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  • The Salisbury House
    The Salisbury House
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Iowa Local Customs

  • Expect courtesy....

    ...because you will almost certainly encounter it wherever you wander in Iowa. And expect friendliness, and conversation too. In Iowa, people seem to have time for other people. Be prepared and be willing to meet courtesy and friendliness with courtesy and friendliness.Don't expect any transaction to be swift (not even exiting a parking ramp, or...

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture is the most important industry in Iowa, and is an important part of the state's identity and culture. The state is the world's largest producer of corn, and the largest producer of soybeans in the United States. Around 92,600 farms cultivate 30,800,000 acres (12,464,317 hectares) of land, producing 2,430,000,000 bushels of corn and...

  • State Flower – Wild Rose

    Rosa pratincolaThe Wild Rose was designated as the official state flower in 1897. It was chosen for the honour because it was one of the decorations used on the silver service which the state presented to the battleship USS Iowa that same year. Wild roses are found throughout the state and bloom from June through late summer. The Wild Rose has five...

  • State Bird – Eastern Goldfinch

    Carduelis tristisThe Eastern Goldfinch was designated as the official state bird in 1933. It is commonly found in Iowa and often stays through the winter. The male Goldfinch has a bright yellow body with black wings and tail. The female has a dull olive-yellow body with a brown tail and wings. The Goldfinch feeds on seeds from dandelions,...

  • The Amish Language

    While visiting with the Amish, you might notice their accents. The Amish speak German, that is their first language that they use in their homes. If you know any German, they would not mind speaking it with you. They are also very fluent in English, so dont be afraid to speak to them. They are VERY nice people.

  • This is VERY midwest! People...

    This is VERY midwest! People are and should be generally very friendly and helpful, or at least I found that to be true. People were extremely friendly in Amana! Although, I heard some not-so-nice things about some country drivers and a few small towns being extremely rude and unkind to bicyclists. Some places just are not bicycle friendly! Grrr

  • Everyone in Iowa, as in most...

    Everyone in Iowa, as in most of the Midwest, is super-friendly. If you need help or just want to take a picture of a random stranger, almost anyone is quick to oblige! It's really a great part of the country!

  • There are some differences in...

    There are some differences in city life versus rural life in Iowa. While most Iowans are a bit on the conservative side (politically and socially), rural folks are much more so. Politically, Des Moines and Iowa City are the bastions of enlightenment (read: more liberal and Democrats) while the rest of the state are generally Republican. If you are...

  • Waving to other motorists:I...

    Waving to other motorists:I grew up in Des Moines (the capitol of Iowa and the largest city) and I have since lived in a series of small towns in Iowa. When I first moved to the country, I was very put off by the fact that, while walking to work, men would wave at me from their trucks. In the city, people pretty much go about their business without...

  • Dumb Iowa LawsKisses may last...

    Dumb Iowa LawsKisses may last for no more than five minutes.One-armed piano players must perform for free.A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp.DubuqueAny hotel in the city limits must have a...

  • In general, I find Iowa to be...

    In general, I find Iowa to be one of the last vestiges of places in America where you actually can leave the doors unlocked with little likelihood that things will be stolen. That said, however, even small-town America (Iowa included) is getting clobbered by the proliferation of drug traffickers and the problems that come with them.

  • In Iowa everyone usually...

    In Iowa everyone usually greets you no matter if you know them or not. I think that Iowa does not know a lot about miniority groups since there really isn't a lot of them here, so in some cases I think that they stereotype other people.


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