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Iowa Small Towns Project

The Iowa Small Towns Project is an integrated research and extension effort to better understand the conditions and issues facing small Midwestern communities in the 21st century. Using data from small towns that has been continuously collected since 1994, the project: (i) produces academic papers to further our research mission, and (ii) develops and delivers community outreach materials to further our extension mission. To our knowledge, no other project examines aspects of community life for such a large number of small towns over two decades. This allows us to provide truly unique insights into the changes occurring in small towns across Iowa and the Midwest. The project has been supported by grants from USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities program). Continuing support is provided by Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, ISU Extension and Outreach, and ISU Department of Sociology.

Extension Publications

ISU Extension and Outreach Publications

Sociology Extension Reports