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 75,798 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 87.50% 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 (12.73%), office and administrative support (10.87%), and food service (10.31%).

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.

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 very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Iowa City is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Iowa City a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Iowa City spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.08 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Iowa City has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Iowa City has quite a high level of public transit users. Iowa City’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Iowa City. 59.86% 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 $28,758, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,032 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 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.