About Iowa City

There’s a reason people relocate to the Iowa City area. 

Picture a top-notch educational institution offering some of the nation’s best (and largest) health care facilities. A variety of art and theatrical attractions, an internationally renowned writers’ workshop, and research programs that are changing our world. Combine this with a welcoming community surrounded by the picturesque forests, lakes, and rivers of eastern Iowa. It’s not hard to see why the Iowa City area is often ranked as one of the most livable communities in the nation.

During the summer, Iowa City sponsors weekly downtown jazz and pop concerts, and year-round major poets, writers, artists, historians, scientists, and others speak or perform at university and local venues. Excellent public schools, safe and comfortable neighborhoods, and a highly educated population mean that Iowa City frequently appears high on “best-place-to-live” listings in national magazines.

The nearby countryside, scenic state parks, and the Iowa River provide many opportunities for walking, biking, and boating. Twenty miles to the north is Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second-largest city, home to the Eastern Iowa Airport and a population of about 120,000. Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are also within easy driving distance.

Community Websites
City of Coralville: www.coralville.org/
City of Iowa City: www.icgov.org/
City of North Liberty: www.northlibertyiowa.org
City of Solon: www.solon-iowa.com/
City of Tiffin: www.tiffin-iowa.org
Johnson County: www.johnson-county.com
Iowa City Community School District: www.iowacityschools.org

Rankings & Recognition  

Area Rankings 2019
Iowa City No. 3 of Livability.com’s 10 best places to get a fresh start
Iowa City No. 3 on Business Insider’s 20 best places for cities for college grads to start their lives
University of Iowa’s liveWELL employee program takes first place in the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities’ 2019 National Wellness Challenge
UI Named Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and Department of Natural Resources

Area Rankings 2018
University of Iowa among the nation’s safest college campuses by ADT
Iowa City one of Securitychoice.com’s 100 safest places to retire
Iowa City No. 4 of Livability’s top 100 places to live

Area Rankings 2017
Iowa City called No. 1 best small metro to live in after college graduation by the American Institute for Economic Research
Iowa City ranked No. 4 mid-size city for volunteerism by the Corporation for National and Community Service
Iowa City ranked No. 5 on Business Insider’s “20 Best College Towns in America” list 

Area Rankings 2016 
Iowa City ranked No. 2 least-stressed city in the U.S. by SmartAsset 
Iowa City ranked the No. 3 best place to live in America by Outside Magazine
Iowa City ranked No. 4 on The Fiscal Times' “10 Best Cities for Working Women” list
Iowa City ranked No. 5 healthiest city in America by 24/7 Wall Street
Iowa City ranked No. 9 best place to live in America by Livability.com
Iowa City named an age-friendly city by The New York Times
Iowa City is ranked in the top 25% of U.S. cities in support of LGBTQ population by Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Municipality Equality Index
Iowa City ranked in the top 100 best small cities in America by WalletHub 

Key Facts

City population

Metro area population

Year established

Average high/low temperatures (year)
61.9 F/40.5 F

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Median household income

Iowa City is a welcoming community, with more than 20% of its population comprising underrepresented minorities. Nearly 14% of Iowa City’s residents were born abroad.