Everyone has an opinion and you know what they say about that, right?  But then again, small-town pride doesn't care about your opinion.

If you've ever wandered into a strange bar full of townies for the first time...you know what I mean.  You get the "you ain't from around here" glances thrown at you from what most likely are sweet old men once you get to know them.

If YouTube is a bar...the record scratched as this outsider just walked in and yelled at the locals "This is the worst place in Iowa".



Wait...Who Said This?

Nick Johnson is a YouTuber and owner of Homesnacks.com where he combines "data from dozens of sources into bite-sized articles to help you understand what it's like to live in different places across America."

Sometimes that means "Best Places for a Family" and other times it means "Best Cities For Singles".

He's got 100's of videos but the one called "I Drove Through the WORST Place In Iowa" inflamed some local viewers.

"Now I've been to some messed up midwest places before, but I don't know if I've seen a place as uniquely rundown as Keokuk, Iowa."


Did He Speak Out of School?

I'm from a small town, so I know what it's like to see an empty business district that used to be booming.  It's heartbreaking.

But according to one viewer, Keokuk just got a new Splash Pad for kids during summer, a new Dog Park, a brand new school, and tons of new small stores that opened in the last year.

"We have small-town love" and "yearly Christmas lights are a must-see".

Not to be swayed:

"Summer has a way of making places seem happy. But even the bright sunshine can't make Keokuk feel happy. And that makes me sad."


"A Sad and Depressing Midwest Town"

Take a look at the video to see if he misrepresented Keokuk, Iowa.  See if residents are right in defending against this online critic.

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