Marshalltown Life

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What is the best thing about living in Marshalltown?Marshalltown has “…a small-town feel — small enough to build meaningful relationships, but large enough to offer opportunities for entertainment and involvement.”A 20-something recent college graduate “Marshalltown has a small-town feel, yet offers large-city conveniences. The people are very welcoming, and I love that we can make an impact by simply getting involved. Short commutes and lunch at home with my kids are nice, too.”A recently-transplanted professional

If those assessments resonate with you, we invite you to explore our community further.

Marshalltown is a city of 27,328 residents (2017 estimate) who come from all walks of life and diverse ethnic backgrounds. We are fortunate to have a likewise diverse and sturdy economic foundation. Companies with a strong international presence and leading-edge technology state-of-the-art agricultural enterprises, and businesses with strong market share within their industry sector make up our economy. Blended into the economic mix are a committed medical community, a strong education system and the well-established and respected Iowa Veterans Home.

About the Iowa Great Places designation

How it matters

Funding from both an Iowa Great places grant and private sources allowed placement of unique and dynamic public art at the following:

  • The renovated Marshalltown High School Roundhouse (Drills)
  • The revitalized historic 13th Street District (Echo)“The Iowa Great Places program seeks to recognize communities that take action to enhance their local places while staying true to the qualities that makes them unique.”Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website