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I was shocked to see this page. I found several comments that were enforcing the stereotype of farmers in Iowa, and had very little on the urban areas. Urban areas, such as Des Moines, are VERY different from the more rural parts of the state. I also found things that were just outright wrong, which I changed.

- victor2000 16:40, 15 June 2006 (EDT)


I'm not sure that Iowa needs to be broken into seven regions. Three is probably a better option. This map breaks it into Western, Central, and Eastern. Any better ideas, suggestions? -- Fastestdogever 20:15, 16 April 2007 (EDT)

I'm actually leaning the opposite direction: toward creating a few more regions, based on the Iowa tourism dept map. Not just because the local tourism people do it that way, but also because it might make it unnecessary to subdivide Iowa's regions. At any level below this, about the only obvious way to divide a region is by county, which creates disambiguation trainwrecks (how many "Jackson County"s are there in the US?) and often makes little sense from a travel perspective. - Todd VerBeek 18:28, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
Draft Iowa regions map
There needs to be an "Eastern Iowa" region. It's a very common phrase within Iowa. When Iowans think of "Eastern Iowa", they think of Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and the Quad Cities. These three are lacking a region because they rightly belong in "Eastern Iowa". From what I can tell, 2 regions have websites--Central Iowa and Eastern Iowa (
Consider the number of google hits on each of 11 possible regions:
  • "Northwest Iowa" - 253,000
  • "North Central Iowa" - 94,800
  • "Northeast Iowa" - 269,000
  • "Northern Iowa" (-University of) - 481,000
  • "Western Iowa" - 462,000
  • "Central Iowa" - 901,000
  • "Eastern Iowa" - 571,000
  • "Southern Iowa" - 170,000
  • "Southwest Iowa" - 185,000
  • "South Central Iowa" - 46,000
  • "Southeast Iowa" - 143,000
Taking this into account, and drawing from my personal knowledge of the state, I would suggest: Northwest, Western, Southwest, Central, Northeast, Eastern, and Southeast. Tygartl1 23:03, 21 May 2007 (EDT)

Hopefully we can get this discussion restarted. The regions in the article right now are very ill-defined, so I based the draft map to the right on this discussion, the little info available in the articles, this tourism map [1], and a fair amount of guessing. Are these reasonable regions, with reasonable borders? Can't say I have ever been to the state, so my guesses are bound to be a bit off! --Peter Talk 21:14, 15 May 2009 (EDT)

Well despite my best efforts, the internet seems uninterested in this task, so I'll just go forward and implement this new hierarchy, since it at least satisfies me! --Peter Talk 17:39, 7 June 2009 (EDT)


I cut the list down from 13 to 9, in accordance with usual policy. Ankeny, Bettendorf, Britt, and Fairfield seemed like the most sensible ones to drop. Dguillaime 22:41, 26 November 2008 (EST)


I don't know if this is just my computer or what, but the Lewis and Clark Trail is linking to Lewis in Scotland when I click it, but it is not listed as a redirect... ChubbyWimbus 18:09, 19 June 2011 (EDT)

It's the ampersand. It should be Lewis and Clark and not Lewis & Clark. I will change.--Burmesedays 22:35, 19 June 2011 (EDT)


The fireworks section is completely overblown. Everyone brings fireworks over state lines, and I've seen a checkpoint exactly once in more than 3 decades. -- 17:33, 6 December 2016 (EST)

Please feel free to edit if you feel the information is wrong! :-) --IBkataoka (talk) 17:39, 6 December 2016 (EST)