Iowa City is a great place to live. It is hugely attractive to those interested in the arts. There are lots of people out at night, and the night life is rowdy. It would appear as cause for concern, but it is generally safe. As any college campus is, though, one shouldn’t expect to go out entirely without caution. It is a very liberal town, which is, of course, an incentive for only about half of the American population. But it is welcoming to anyone, from anywhere. There are great restaurants all over downtown. Also, there are plenty of businesses around that are willing to hire. It is a great place for a college student to live, grow, and learn.