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Retirement Living in Shelby County - Iowa

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Area Description

Rolling hills with fields of various crops with treelines and creeks throughout, and Prairie Rose State Park. Small towns with people invested in their community with unique attractions: Danish Villages, German Churches, living history type farm and museum. Vibrant communities with many successful businesses in multiple towns. Top school system, regional medical center, multi-million dollar wellness center, indoor and outdoor pool, bowling alley, 4 screen digital movie theatre, two golf courses and a skate park too! Job opportunities abound.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Prairie Rose State park with camping, fishing, hunting, boating. Skate park, movie theater, bowling alley, many parks and walking/biking trails, two golf courses, Shelby County county fair, Elk Horn Tivoli Fest, Harvest Fest. German Churches tour, Danish Villages, unique shopping in quaint downtowns. 45 minutes to 3 casinos and snow skiing. 60 minutes to major metro area--Omaha NE and 90 minutes to Des Moines IA. New wellness center with indoor pool and wave pool. Outdoor pool with slide and zero depth entry. Shelby County Museum, Carston's Farm, Corn Museum. Freedom Rock in Earling. several bike trails that connect to other trails.

Cultural Activities

Only 45 - 90 minutes (Council Bluffs IA/Omaha NE metro west and Des Moines IA to the east) to all cultural events: ballet, plays, live music concerts, symphony, Opera and more. Shelby County is on the Southwest Iowa Art Tour, offers an Annual Art in the Park in the summer and Lost Artists Art Festival in the fall.

Public transportation

50 minutes from major airport

Medical Facilities

Regional Hospital.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  10.0  20.0  30.0  0.9 "  5.9 "
 Feb  15.0  25.0  35.0  0.9 "  6.2 "
 Mar  25.0  36.5  48.0  2.2 "  4.4 "
 Apr  37.0  49.0  61.0  3.3 "  1.3 "
 May  50.0  61.0  72.0  4.6 "  0.0 "
 Jun  60.0  70.5  81.0  4.6 "  0.0 "
 Jul  64.0  74.0  84.0  4.2 "  0.0 "
 Aug  62.0  72.0  82.0  3.8 "  0.0 "
 Sep  52.0  63.5  75.0  3.8 "  0.0 "
 Oct  39.0  51.0  63.0  2.6 "  0.7 "
 Nov  26.0  36.5  47.0  1.6 "  2.3 "
 Dec  14.0  23.0  32.0  1.2 "  7.0 "

Four fabulous seasons! Flowering spring, green summers, autumn leaves in the fall, and snowy winters.

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Cost of Living for Shelby County, IA

Shelby County, Iowa cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Shelby County, IA

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Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Many volunteer opportunities with local non-profits and churches. Senior Center, hospital and retirement homes.

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