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 74,220 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 87.19% 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 (13.07%), office and administrative support (12.28%), and food service (10.20%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.37 minutes getting to work every day.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Iowa City, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Iowa City is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 58.80% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Iowa City in 2010 was $27,336, which is wealthy relative to Iowa, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,344 for a family of four. However, Iowa City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Iowa City is a somewhat 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.