I love living in Fort Madison. It's a quiet family friendly place with beautiful Victorian houses and quaint downtown shops. The people are friendly, but it's not so small that everyone is nosy. There are nice parks. It's very cozy here. There's a local newspaper with insightful articles. It has a low crime rate. There are places you can get locally grown food. It's absolutely beautiful at Christmas. And there's a rodeo! And hot air balloons! And a lovely river view from many places in the town. It's a great place to raise a family! I give it an A+.