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 76,290 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 86.23% 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 (12.58%), healthcare (9.93%), and office and administrative support (9.76%).

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.

Because Iowa City has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Iowa City lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Iowa City is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Iowa City people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Not only is Iowa City a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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 18.84 minutes getting to work every day.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Iowa City use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Iowa City‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Iowa City. 59.31% 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 $29,033, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $116,132 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Iowa City include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

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