Life in Winnebago and Worth Counties
Situated in North Central Iowa, a vibrant land of four seasons, the Winnebago and Worth counties are steeped in agriculture, born from the rich soil and hardworking people found here.
Ideally located just an 90 minute drive south of the Twin Cities or north of Des Moines with easy access to the I-35 Corridor, the 14 communities that make up the Winn-Worth Betco area provide the unique combination of sophisticated, wholesome and affordable small town living where entrepreneurship, tourism and quality of life flourish. Everyone is welcome here and buying your dream home is easy with housing costing 66% less than the national average!
Music and Entertainment
If you’re looking for exceptional live music and entertainment, look no further than the infamous Diamond Jo Casino, just west of Northwood on I-35.
Enjoy community outdoor concerts or plan to attend the nationally acclaimed outdoor country music festival, Country Thunder (formerly Tree Town), in the warm inviting community of Forest City where artists like Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert perform.
With the growing appeal of wide open spaces, fragrant prairies, clear skies, and adorable farm animals, it's no wonder agritourism is on the rise. Vacationers looking for experiences that provide a deeper understanding and appreciation for what they eat and a connection to their environment can find all of that in the Winn-Worth Betco region. From event venues, like Farm Girl Weddings or Country View Acres to working with organizations like Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, you are sure to find fresh fare, affordable accommodations, and scenic surroundings.
Located along the Minnesota border, you’ll enjoy the rolling hills of North Central Iowa’s prairie pothole region, where wilderness enthusiasts flock for the abundance of outdoor activities. It makes sense then that this is the birthplace of Winnebago Industries, the country’s most iconic manufacturer of outdoor recreational vehicles, headquartered in Forest City, Iowa. Inspired by the rich availability of public access to county land for camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, biking and more, Winnebago Industries is one of our region’s largest employers.
We invite you to explore campsites like Thorpe Park, situated in a quiet oak timber just west of Forest City. Take your bike for a ride on Hanson Trail, a paved, off-road trail that parallels Route 9 for its entire length through picturesque farmland, where you have access to Pilot Knob State Park, which contains a bog, man-made lake, hiking trails, campsites and picnic shelters. Well known for its historic tower (the second highest point in Iowa), Pilot Knob visitors can take in stunning views.
Five community school districts feature small class sizes offering an atmosphere that encourages students to pursue excellence and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. Unique educational opportunities abound from free college level classes in high school, financial assistance for school supplies to robust scholarships for all high school graduates.
Budding Arts Scene
Escape the chaos of the city without sacrificing arts and culture, the Winn-Worth Betco region offers a thriving art scene. With Waldorf University located in Forest City, you’ll find Boman Fine Arts Center, with a state of the art 630-seat theatre with orchestra pit, it hosts theatrical performances, art displays, regional and national touring groups, speaker engagements, weddings, special occasions, and the Waldorf University Artist Series. Additionally, Winn-Worth Betco is made up of several small towns known as artists retreats, where writers, chefs, musicians and filmmakers gather.
Live your Best Life in Winnebago and Worth Counties
No doubt about it - this is the good life. Our low housing costs make it easier to enjoy all that life has to offer, as does being surrounded by beautiful nature and outdoor recreation opportunities. Step outdoors to enjoy a hike, bike ride, or drive for a few minutes to get to your favorite fishing and hunting spots - it’s all right here.
Then, if you are craving world class entertainment, head to Diamond Jo Casino where there is always something going on. Afterwards, visit our many downtowns to enjoy farm-to-table restaurants and local specialties. Life is good here. Visit us to find out how much you would enjoy spending time in Winnebago and Worth counties.