Decorah, population 8,000, is a warm and vibrant town that offers plentiful recreation, a charming downtown, natural beauty, and a close-knit community—all while providing the conveniences of a city many times its size.
Decorah is a popular destination in northeast Iowa for many reasons, including:
Public transportation serving the area includes commercial airports in Rochester (Minn.), Waterloo (Iowa), and La Crosse (Wis.); a municipal airport in Decorah; and train and bus depots in La Crosse (Wis.).
Decorah was named a 2014 All-Star Community by the Iowa League of Cities in recognition of its MetroNet Fiber Optic project, in which Luther was also involved. As a result of that project, which installed a loop of 144 strands of fiber optic cable, Decorah and Luther both have improved Internet service.
Decorah was also featured in Smithsonian Magazine's annual list of the 20 best small towns to visit in America, as well as being named on Forbes "America's Prettiest Towns" list and the 2015 Best Choice Reviews list of the 50 best small towns in America. Check out the Decorah feature from Iowa Public Television.