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.
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 18.62 minutes getting to work every day.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Iowa City is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Iowa City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
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 59.90% 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 $27,430, 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.