About Iowa City

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Living in Iowa City

A diverse community, an affordable place to live, and a vibrant cultural life make Iowa City an attractive home for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. Iowa City takes pride in openness, inclusion, and safety.

Iowa City is also a cultural hub, a gathering place for artists of every medium, the home of some of America’s most inventive minds, and so much more. Iowa City is one of just 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and one of only two in the U.S., affirming its reputation as an international destination for creative thinkers. That energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant place that we love to call home.

With outstanding and affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a downtown filled with a lively mix of restaurants, shops, theater, music, and festivals, Iowa City is a casual, vibrant college town. Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Des Moines are within easy driving distance, while the nearby Eastern Iowa Airport connects travelers to the world.

For all these reasons, Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S.

  • No. 2 Best Places to Live, Small to Mid-Size U.S. Cities (Livability.com)
  • No. 3 Best Place to Live in the U.S. (Outside Magazine)
  • No. 4 Best Place to Retire in the U.S. (NBC's Today Show)
  • No. 5 Best College Towns in America (Business Insider)