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“Don’t overlook Fairfield, Iowa” – Mother Earth News

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A town like no other — Fairfield, Iowa
Fairfield: progressive, restaurants, art galleries, 400 start-up companies, solar capital of Iowa, and much more!

Creativity, Sustainability, entrepreneurship

Fairfield is a fun, lively community dedicated to sustainability, health, and doing good things for the world. According to Smithsonian Magazine, Fairfield is one of “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013”. And it’s become Iowa’s center for the arts and entrepreneurship.

Creative arts and culture

  • Lively theater and music scene
  • Performing arts center and galleries
  • More restaurants per capita than San Francisco
  • First Friday Art Walks, a popular Fairfield tradition
  • Various thriving and world-renowned artistic industries


  • Community-wide strategic plan to incorporate sustainable practices, a joint effort of the city and University
  • Organic farms
  • Abundance Eco-village… and more

Entrepreneurial center

  • Named Entrepreneurial Community of the Year by the State of Iowa
  • Dozens of start-up companies—including many by MUM alumni
  • More than $200 million in venture capital invested locally
  • 5th highest charitable contributions per capita of any U.S. county

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