About Iowa City

There’s a reason people relocate to the Iowa City area. Picture a top-notch educational and research institution offering some of the nation’s best (and largest) health care facilities.

A variety of arts and cultural events, hiking and biking trails galore, a mix of independent shops and major retailers, along with local breweries and farm-to-table restaurants. Combine these with a welcoming and safe community, and it’s easy to see why the Iowa City area is often ranked as one of the most livable communities in the nation.



In summertime, Iowa City sponsors weekly live music downtown, and year-round renowned poets, writers, artists, historians, scientists, and others speak or perform at university or local venues. Excellent public schools, safe and comfortable neighborhoods, and a highly educated population mean Iowa City frequently appears on “best-place-to-live” rankings in national publications.

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



Population for the Iowa City metro area according to the 2022 U.S. Census.

Iowa City fireworks in 2018

20 %

Iowa City Residents

Come from racially diverse backgrounds.

People watching a movie outside


Median household income

For Iowa City residents (and the surrounding area).

City of Iowa City