A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$186,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$865
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    167
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    52
    41
  • Robbery
    40
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    498
    525
  • Theft
    1,972
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    99
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,375
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Iowa City Reviews

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I love it! There are so many different things to do, and so many different options. Multiple libraries for studying. Amazing recreational center do workout, rock climb, swim, play ball, etc. MANY food options, local to franchise. Free wifi at every building on campus. The environment is great too, everyone out here is incredible nice and help eachother out.
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Living in a college town as there ups and downs, but overall not a bad place to live. By living in a college town, especially a college that is a very large one, there are multiple benefits, for example, a teaching hospital. By having a teaching hospital, that means that the hospital contains good staff and technology for sick patients and able to treat them accurately. Although Iowa City has a lot of similar benefits, there are also some downfalls for it: since it's such a large college town, it is very populated and sometimes hard to find some quite and peace. Overall, Iowa City isn't a bad place to live, but also not the best.
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.