Iowa City, IA
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Iowa City is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 74,398 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Iowa City is the sixth largest community in Iowa.

Iowa City real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Iowa City house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Iowa City is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.73% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Iowa City is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Iowa City who work in teaching (12.95%), office and administrative support (10.91%), and food service (9.81%).

Also of interest is that Iowa City has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Iowa City is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Iowa City have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Iowa City’s economy is one such example of this.

One of the benefits of Iowa City is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.62 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Iowa City is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Iowa City, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Iowa City. 59.90% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Iowa City in 2010 was $27,430, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $109,720 for a family of four. However, Iowa City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Iowa City is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Iowa City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Iowa City residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Iowa City include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Iowa City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.