Keota residents say they fit 'most extroverted' description

Some confusion about reason for ranking, but town embraces distinction

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March 31, 2014 | 7:48 pm

What does it take to be the most extroverted town in the country? Take a short drive to Keota in Keokuk County, and you'll likely find out.

A psychological marketing firm, PYCO, says Keota is full of more outgoing people per capita than any other city in the country.

"A lot of people laughed,” said Paula Greiner. “We wondered how they came up with it."

PYCO, based in Redmond, Wash., says they used all their data, including information from other marketing firms, and put it all into an algorithm. Things like marriage rates and other factors played into the final score.

People in Keota don’t know exactly how PYCO ranked them, but residents in this small town of 1,009 say they fit the description.

"People will do anything for you if you ask,” said Andy Conrad, a lifelong resident. “Some of the events I’ve held it’s as simple as saying, ‘I need help’ and people show up.”

Mayor Tony Cansler says he and his wife learned about their unique designation on the news Tuesday night. Like everyone else, Cansler’s not sure how it worked out, but he’s proud of his community.

"The citizens are what makes Keota,” Cansler said, “You don't have to struggle as much to find someone to help get the job done, whatever it is."

Holding this unique home together doesn't always come as easy as the smiles and waves.

"Tough in these small towns to keep everything going,” said Greiner, another lifelong resident. “Our population is declining … the younger ones go to school leave the town and don't come back."

The town is currently trying hard to keep their local school intact. They've managed to hang on to their community pool and golf course in spite of their size.

“It’s just a good small-town feel,” said Cansler.

Keota's Fun Days are set for June 8-9. For more information, visit the city's Web site, www.keotaiowa.org

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