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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Iowa City is a town in Iowa with a population of 72,385. Iowa City is in Johnson County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Iowa City offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Iowa City there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Iowa City and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Iowa City are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$191,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$873
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Iowa City Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    107
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    33
    41
  • Robbery
    61
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    410
    500
  • Theft
    1,822
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    107
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,720
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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I have had a phenomenal experience in Iowa City over the past 4 years. Raised in Chicago, standards were high, and leaving the big city prepared me to expect nothing but corn fields and campus. Arriving in "the I.C.", I saw much more than just a campus. Its absolutely beautiful, with many shops, restaurants, and a lovely surrounding neighborhood. Not only upon arrival did it already have these attributes, but since then it has not stopped it's exponential rate of development! Its constant, and spectacular work is being done to the city and buildings. Renovation and construction have made Iowa City even more substantial. Apart from it's structural aspects, the neighborly vibe motivates a student on campus, like myself, to reflect the positivity back on a daily basis. I've never felt so welcomed by strangers in my entire life, and am not surprised by Iowa being credited for having the 'nicest' population. I've fallen in love with Iowa City, and will miss it when I return to Chicago.
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Iowa City is bustling. There is so much growth that even the suburbs are flourishing, and there is construction everywhere. There are job opportunities left and right. It has a very youthful population, from college students to young families. Everything is so new, as they are building like crazy. This is a wonderful place to live!
Iowa City, Iowa is a great place for everyone! There living is affordable and they have many job opportunities because of it being a college town filled with students who only work part time. The restraints and night life are also amazing as the food is great and they have a little downtown area that lights up when the sun sets and is decorated with art on the benches that is repainted every year!