Iowa Land for Sale

  • 0.25 Acres in Iowa

    $319,900, 0.25 Acres , 101 19th Street #202, Dickinson, Iowa

    LAKE FRONT Penthouse Condo on East Lake Okoboji Wake up to sunrise over East Lake Okoboj

  • 1.05 Acres in Iowa

    $15,000, 1.05 Acres , , Wapello, Iowa

    1 acre property located in Wapello County, Ottumwa, IA 52501. This mixed use recreational,

  • 10 Acres in Iowa

    $95,000, 10 Acres , 2645 Meadow Street, Clarke, Iowa

    This 10 acre property has a little bit of everything for someone looking to hunt big witho

  • 1 Acres in Iowa

    $450,000, 1 Acres , 21982 Hawk Dr, Van Buren, Iowa

    This charming 170 year old Mason House Inn Bed & Breakfast is located in historic Bentonsp

  • 139 Acres in Iowa

    $448,000, 139 Acres , 575 Oakland Drive, Franklin, Iowa

    Hard to find recreational property in Franklin County, Iowa. This mixed use recreational p

  • 141 Acres in Iowa

    $700,000, 141 Acres , 525th St., Appanoose, Iowa

    141 Acres m/l: Wonderful farm with 4-bedroom, 2 bath home. The farm consists of a very nic

  • 150 Acres in Iowa

    $412,500, 150 Acres , Fir Ave., Davis, Iowa

    This farm is in a great area for hunting in Southern Iowa (Northern Davis County). Many ac

  • 1.96 Acres in Iowa

    $27,500, 1.96 Acres , 1817 192nd Place, , Iowa

    Located near Tracy, IA in Marion County, this 2 acre property with road frontage would ser

  • 0 Acres in Iowa

    $54,900, 520 E Walsh, Appanoose, Iowa

    2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom bungalow style home located in Centerville, IA 52544 in Appanoose C

  • 0 Acres in Iowa

    $92,500, 710 A Ave W, Monroe, Iowa

    Very well taken care of 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom house for sale in Albia, IA. This 1200 sq.

  • 29 Acres in Iowa

    $575,000, 29 Acres , 15176 331st St., Appanoose, Iowa

    30 Acres m/l Family Estate or Corporate Retreat Property. The property is very unique bein

  • 34 Acres in Iowa

    $249,000, 34 Acres , 19117 477th St, Appanoose, Iowa

    3 possibly 4 bedroom, 1.75 Bath home situated on 34 acres +/- only 3 miles from Lake Rathb

  • 1.5 Acres in Iowa

    $189,900, 1.5 Acres , 1609 Merino, Mahaska, Iowa

    This residential listing sits on approximately a 2 acre property. Which consist of a 2688

  • 0.2 Acres in Iowa

    $96,900, 0.2 Acres , 306 Chestnut St, Van Buren, Iowa

    This 3-bedroom one-level home has over 1800 square feet of living space. It sits on a corn

  • 0 Acres in Iowa

    $59,950, 804 S H St, Mahaska, Iowa

    This residential property has a 1035 Sq. Ft. house built in 2001 sitting on a 15725.00 Sq.

  • 0.48 Acres in Iowa

    $9,750, 0.48 Acres , West Main Street, Appanoose, Iowa

    3 LOTS for sale in Appanoose County, Main Street Exline, IA 52555. The property features 1


Iowa is the most developed state in America. Development is not just houses, skyscrapers and parking lots. It is agriculture as well. And when all the cornfields and soybean cropland is totaled together there is less undeveloped land in Iowa than anywhere in the United States. Fewer than 1% of the tallgrass prairie that once blanketed Iowa remains; all but 5% of the state's wetlands have been filled in; and almost all the forests have been converted to cropland which accounts for six of every ten acres of land use in the state.

So when you go shopping for rural land in Iowa you are most likely going to be shopping for chunks of farm land. Iowa has a long tradition of such land sales. In 1842 the Sac and Fox Indians sold 12 million acres to the federal government which created 40 present-day Iowa counties. Nearly one third of all of the Hawkeye State was added in a single transaction. There has been a dramatic sell-off of historic Iowa farmland in the past half-century. In the 1940s there were 215,000 farms in the state; today there are fewer than 90,000 and the number is falling.

Not all Iowa farms are created equal. Some come with timber reserves for hunting. Others feature frontage on some of the state's glacial lakes. Others serve up impossibly rich, tillable soil for as far as the eye can see. Most farms are not sold whole and you should be able to find a handful of acres to satisfy any recreational or aspirational desire in rural Iowa.

If you are looking for a unique way to scout Iowa land consider the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa - a week-long recreational excursion that has taken place every year since 1973. More than 8,000 riders dip their tires in the Missouri River and 472 miles later dip their tires in the Mississippi River. Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are defined by rivers.