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

  • 1021.8 Acres in Iowa

    $3,300,000, 1021.8 Acres , 2820 NW Barry Road, Decatur, Iowa

    Sale Pending

    4 miles west of Interstate 35 1 mile North of Hwy 2 Undivided contiguous tract with no roa

  • 1.3 Acres in Iowa

    $215,900, 1.3 Acres , 15962 180th Ave., Warren, Iowa

    Charming county home located in Warren County which is right off the pavement with a short

  • 11.7 Acres in Iowa

    $49,500, 11.7 Acres , 407th St., Appanoose, Iowa

    11.70 Acres m/l Great Hunting, Secluded Food plot and Hardwood Timber. The farm is loca

  • 184 Acres in Iowa

    $354,000, 184 Acres , Hwy 28, Warren, Iowa

    For those of you looking for that reasonably priced hunting farm close to Des Moines, here

  • 2 Acres in Iowa

    $18,000, 2 Acres , 331st Ave., Appanoose, Iowa

    2 Acres m/l Cabin/ Home site with wonderful views of upland hardwood timber. Owner would

  • 2.4 Acres in Iowa

    $18,000, 2.4 Acres , 331st Ave., Appanoose, Iowa

    2.4 Acres m/l Cabin/ Home site with wonderful views of upland hardwood timber. Owner would

  • 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

  • 40 Acres in Iowa

    $151,680, 40 Acres , 250th Ave., Appanoose, Iowa

    WOW!!! 40 acres m/l in the Heart of Big Buck Country!!! The farm is amazing. The neighbors

  • 41 Acres in Iowa

    $157,000, 41 Acres , 407th St., Appanoose, Iowa

    41.4 Acres m/l Great Hunting, 2 Acres m/l Lake and a pond in the timber with income. T

  • 47 Acres in Iowa

    $178,225, 47 Acres , 407th St., Appanoose, Iowa

    47 acres m/l WOW!! Hunting is amazing, Pond and CRP income. Look at this aerial. What a wo

  • 5 Acres in Iowa

    $37,500, 5 Acres , 331 st. Street, Appanoose, Iowa

    Great building spot on the banks of the large private lake with great fishing. Only owners

  • 5.5 Acres in Iowa

    $37,500, 5.5 Acres , 331st Street, Appanoose, Iowa

    5.5 Acres m/l of land and lake. Own on the bank of a large private lake, with awesome vie

  • 6 Acres in Iowa

    $32,500, 6 Acres , 331st Ave., Appanoose, Iowa

    This may be an opportunity that the owner would finance. 6 Acres m/l of land and lake.

  • 7.5 Acres in Iowa

    $37,500, 7.5 Acres , 331st Ave., Appanoose, Iowa

    WOW!!! Is what you say when you are sitting up onto of the hill of the property overlookin

  • 75 Acres in Iowa

    $264,000, 75 Acres , 240th Ave. & Hwy. 5, Appanoose, Iowa

    75 Acres m/l Great Investment farm close to Rathbun Lake. This farm has 58 Acres of crop g


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.