Every so often, you come across a place that sets itself apart from its neighbors. This little town in the heart of Iowa does just that and then some.

Not only is it home to some of the most iconic structures and legendary people to ever have lived in the Hawkeye State, but it also has endless things to do and see.

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Where is Iowa's Coolest Small Town?

Credit: Tom Hall via YouTube
Credit: Tom Hall via YouTube

Welcome to the town of Winterset, population 5,353. It's the birthplace of John Wayne and the setting of the book and movie, The Bridges of Madison County.

Just what makes Winterset so great? Here's why Far and Wide chose it as Iowa's best small town:

Anyone who has seen the romantic film "The Bridges of Madison County" has already gotten a glimpse at the Iowa town of Winterset; one of the famous covered bridges spotlighted in the film is located here.

In addition to holding an important place in bridge-culture history, Winterset is also the birthplace of one John Wayne. Visitors can explore a museum dedicated to the decorated actor, who was born Marion Mitchell Morrison and nicknamed "Duke" since childhood.

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The full list of the 'Coolest Small Town in Every State' can be found on the Far and Wide Website.

To learn more about the town of Winterset and get a feel of what it's like to live there, check out the YouTube video below.

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South Dakota is consistently ranked as one of the most affordable states to live in the entire country. A recent study done by Homesnacks ranked the Mount Rushmore State at number five in terms of affordability among the 50 U.S. states.

While the state as a whole is generally budget-friendly for most who call it home, these 10 towns stand out as the most affordable in all of South Dakota.

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