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 86.02% 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 (12.96%), office and administrative support (11.05%), and food service (9.50%).

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.

In addition, Iowa City is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Iowa City culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Iowa City really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Iowa City every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Iowa City. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Iowa City benefits directly from this.

One of the benefits of Iowa City is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.23 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Iowa City is a pretty powerful place. 58.56% of the adults in Iowa City have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Iowa City in 2010 was $26,966, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $107,864 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.