About Van Buren County

Van Buren County offers a friendly, affordable place to live and enjoy the closeness and safety our smaller community offers. Housing options range from historic 19th century historical homes, to modern style homes among the prevalent wooded hills or riverfront properties. For those seeking a more rural lifestyle with horses, livestock or crops, there are plenty of acreages and farms with a broad range of housing styles.  Enjoy living in a beautiful community along the banks of the Des Moines River in Southeast Iowa, with abundant outdoor activities for all seasons.

  • Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Iowa’s largest state park, is less than 5 minutes away offers 570 acres of recreation and is surrounded by 3600 aces of public hunting land.
    • summer activities include hiking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing, biking and walking trails
    • winter activities include ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing
  • Shimek Forest, Iowa's largest state-owned forest, contains miles of hiking and 24 miles equestrian trails.
  • The Des Moines River provides for canoe and boating as you float down the river as a comfortable and relaxing rate.
  • In Keosauqua, there is a 9-hole golf course, public swimming pool, fitness facility and conference center 5 minutes from hospital.

The county consists of twelve unique towns known as the “Villages of Van Buren,” and is one of Iowa’s and the Midwest’s top tourist destinations, named “Iowa Tourism County of the Year” on eight different occasions.

These villages draw people from all over with the year-round festivals they host. The Villages of Van Buren County are characterized by quaint down-towns with eclectic shops and excellent restaurants.

  • A supportive community for you to balance a professional career with family and personal life
  • Excellent public schools in the community
  • Reside in a growing rural community where family values and education are high priority
  • 2 1⁄2 Hours to Des Moines, 1 1⁄2 hours to Iowa City, 4 hours to St. Louis, 5 hours to Chicago. In the nearby metro areas, you and your family will enjoy cultural, educational and family bonding activities by taking advantage of such places as fine dining, five major malls, art galleries, museums and professional and college sporting events

Van Buren County Features Include:

  • Variety of Cultures Including a Large Amish and Mennonite Community
  • Artists’ Community and Village Folk School
  • Abundant Wildlife
  • Within 40 Minutes of Two Amtrak lines
  • Within 20 Minutes of University community
  • Many Local Enterprises: Locally owned restaurants, Award- Winning Cheese Factory, Organic Produce, even an old time General Store and Farmers’ Market!!
  • A Family-Friendly, Safe Community where you can realize the personal and professional balance in life you have been looking for.

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