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Great Towns for LGBT Families in Iowa

Thinking about making the move to Iowa? The state is certainly a great place to live for some, but how is it for the LGBT community? The good news is that many cities in Iowa have passed a number of laws that protect LGBT citizens. If you’re looking to move to a city that has everything you’d want from a modern metro area, but isn’t as large or as crowded as cities in New York or California, Iowa may have what you’re looking for. Here are some of the best towns and cities in Iowa.

Iowa City

Great Towns for LGBT Families in IowaLet’s start with what is possibly the most LGBT-friendly city in the state. The HRC gave Iowa City a perfect 100 on its Municipal Equality Index. That means the city scored very highly in a number of different areas. Iowa City has also ranked highly on Forbes’ small metros for doing business list, claiming the number two spot in 2008. The home of the University of Iowa, many people see this small metro of 70,000-some people as a college town. It certainly is, but it’s also a great place to make your home.

Des Moines

The capital of Iowa is also its largest city, but with just a little over 200,000 people, some may not find it that large. While it didn’t score a 100 on the HRC index, it did earn an 85. Des Moines is also a very welcoming city, and it may be a better fit for those moving from larger cities. The downtown area is full of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, including some LGBT-owned clubs and bars.

Mount Vernon

If, on the other hand, you want to live in a fairly small town, Mount Vernon may be exactly what you’re looking for. With only around 4,500 people living there, including the students at Cornell College, Mount Vernon is almost the textbook definition of the word “quaint.” But that doesn’t mean you’ll easily get bored there. Budget Travel Magazine actually named Mount Vernon as one of its Coolest Small Towns, mostly thanks to the activities that go on at Cornell College.

Davenport

With just under 100,000 people, Davenport itself is fairly small. However, it’s part of the Quad-Cities, four different cities so close together that they’re lumped into a metro area with more than 375,000 people. Housing is quote affordable here, and many people who move to Davenport elect to buy a home rather than rent.

The Best LGBT Places to Live in Vermont

Vermont is known as one of the most welcoming and liberal states in the U.S. That shouldn’t be surprising considering it’s represented by people such as Senator Bernie Sanders. The state was also the first to make same-sex marriage legal. If you love everything New England has to offer, Vermont is a great place to settle down. All the cities here are quite welcoming, but there are a few that are especially ideal for LGBT individuals and families.

Burlington

The Best LGBT Places to Live in VermontAs the largest city in Vermont, it’s no surprise that Burlington is home to many LGBT people. It’s often included on lists of the best cities in the U.S. to live for anyone, not just the LGBT community. The city has some great schools, museums, theaters, and more. It’s also the home of the Vermont Pride Center, which is considered one of the best LGBT centers in the area, in addition to advocacy groups such as Outright Vermont.

Manchester

Manchester is perfect for those who are looking for a smaller town that still has plenty to offer. It’s located between the Bromley and Stratton Mountains, so those who live here are surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Many people do visit Manchester during the skiing season, so expect there to be crowds during part of the year. During the off-season, though, Manchester is fairly quiet.

Montpelier

Montpelier is the capital of Vermont, although it’s still a fairly small city when compared to others in the area. Montpelier has some great restaurants, boutiques, and other shopping options. It’s also unique among the state capitals and most large cities in the U.S. in that there is no McDonalds or Walmart in the city. Your gay or lesbian real estate agent can show you some amazing historic homes in Montpelier that you’re sure to fall in love with.

Woodstock

Woodstock shouldn’t be confused with the music festival, which was not held in the town. However, Woodstock is still a very historical little town that’s full of art and culture. Everything about this town is picture-perfect thanks to the fact that it’s actually completely contained within the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park. Woodstock has a large writer and artist community, and the town holds a number of arts festivals every year. It’s a nice town if you’re seeking to get away from it all.

Stowe

Stowe is mainly known as a skiing destination. Like many other places on this list, it’s a smaller town known for its art galleries and picturesque setting. Many businesses here are quite welcoming, and you’ll find the residents of Stowe are friendly and outgoing.

These are just a few of the great places to live in Vermont. If you’re thinking of moving to the northeast, the state should certainly be on your list of potential new homes.