Looking for adventure? When Mark Twain marked twain, this is where he did it. Together, nestled in the scenic bluffs of the Mississippi river valley, these historic and vibrant communities in southeast Iowa are the perfect place to write your own story. Aside from being major manufacturing and logistics strongholds, they also provide diverse cultural, career and recreation opportunities to match any speed of life.

GET YOUR FEET WET

In Lee County, you’ll have access to tens of thousands of high-quality jobs flow from an impressive collection of international companies. Pair that with a low cost of living, a steady housing market and diverse entertainment options, and you’ll enjoy being a big fish on the Mighty Mississippi.

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PERFECT FOR TWENTY-SOMETHINGS

With manufacturing jobs, home value, household income and retail spending each growing more than 20 percent here in the last six years, it’s easy to see why the city of Burlington was ranked a “Top Micropolitan” and the top Mississippi River community for economic development by the national publication Site Selection Magazine.

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HOLDING DOWN THE FORT

One of the first fort towns constructed after the Louisiana Purchase, Fort Madison proudly mixes historic architecture, preservation and tradition with modern-day convenience and future-facing growth and energy. Home to Siemens wind turbine manufacturing plant, this community has plenty to offer each one of its 11,000 residents.

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INTERNATIONAL ROCK STARS

Keokuk, in Lee County, is known as the “Geode Capital of the World.” A historic Union army community during the Civil War, this former hometown of Sam Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain), is now a rock-solid recruitment base for international companies working in logistics, food ingredients and processing, metals, rubbers and transportation.

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THE SURREAL LIFE

The 20 townships housed in Des Moines county are home to 40,000 people and some seriously major companies – making it the 15th-largest county in Iowa by population and one of your best bets for finding the perfect mix of small-town pride and big-money jobs. With its growing population and eye for historic preservation, here you’ll find a work-life balance unparalleled nearly anywhere else in Iowa.

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