Sunday, January 13, 2013

Life In Rural America - It's Really Not That Bad

OK~ I'm reading today that 16% of the population in the United States resides in Rural America. This is a reality check for me, as I sit here and glance out the blue skies and wide open spaces. I know that I take my views here of the Iowa countryside for granted; yet I often think it's too open.

Over the course of the last 10-15 years, several groves, homes, barns, and farm places have been demolished within a couple miles of my home. Most of these areas have been turned into farmland. With more people to feed, it makes sense for farmers to utilize the black dirt that Iowa is blessed with. So, I am now asking myself, "What is good about living in rural America?"

Well, as I said before the air is clean. I love traveling and seeking out an adventure now and then. I also love returning home. Home is where I know the air will be clean. Not always so when I am traveling. The cities are full of hustle and bustle, whereas, my little corner of the world that I call home; is very laid back.

Where I live, I can see for miles. Yep, the view that I often take for granted! Many people that reside in larger cities have a view of sky scrapers, concrete, and building after building. And once Spring rolls around- the Farmer's Markets are everywhere in Iowa. We are blessed to have communities and residents in Iowa that support our Farmer's Markets.

Rural America: Iowa

I also see how Rural America has changed over the past twenty years through the number of kids that currently reside in the mile that I grew up on. When I rode the school bus, a few years back, there were 14 kids on that mile- today there are three (my brother's youngest kids). That in itself, speaks in volumes as to how our landscape in Iowa has changed.

It's always interesting to me as I hear people talking about going to Trader Joe's, (went to one for the first time a month ago), Costco (never been),  Five Guys Hamburgers (tried them first time in Sept in St. Louis), Gander Mountain (never been), and then there's the Apple Store. The closest Apple Store is a couple hours away- but, it's a reason to take a road trip, right? I do wish that we could purchase more things locally that we often have to go online to order. I do think it is important to support local businesses.

And then there is traffic. I complain when I have to sit behind three cars at a stoplight in our local town. So, I guess living in Rural America is not all that bad. Tell me about your experiences about living in Rural America, I'd love to hear about them! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


  1. I am writing this from a hotel in London (basically the complete opposite of rural America) but can say I really enjoy my visits to rural area's in the Midwest.

    Big cities have a lot to offer (London is one of the best) but they are crowded, very busy, and don't allow for as much quality family time that I always seem to find in rural towns.

    And the air is 100 times better in rural areas! (London isn't too bad, but its definetly not "fresh" air)

    1. I've never been to London- It does sound crazy, busy and exciting! I'm always up for an adventure.

  2. I live 'in town' but you know our idea of a town in Iowa is anything from 100 too whatever Des Moines is nowdays!

    Even in town we can go 10 minutes and we have the same scenery as you have.

    Sometimes I wish we had a real beach, or some of the stores you mentioned and then I think of how nervous I am in traffic and how in big cities people are all looking down.

    1. My "hometown" is about seven miles from where I live- and the population is 29,000 and dropping. Living in the Mid-West, we have reasons to travel to the mountains AND the beach! My wonderful blogging friends remind me that I am often not alone in what I am experiencing. Gotta love our Iowa views.


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