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

184 reviews
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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 a great college town with a lot of culture, especially for being in the heart of Iowa. The local people are extremely tolerant and welcoming. There are a lot of cool restaurants and shops downtown as well as quieter neighborhoods surrounding downtown and campus. Furthermore, Iowa City is surrounded by many great recreation areas! You can always find something to do regardless of your interests.
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.