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Pros

-College-town amenities
-Diverse economy
-Educated population

Cons

-Harsh winters
-Cost of housing
-Outdoor recreation


What Bert Has To Say About Iowa City Metro Area


Once the capital of the state, Iowa City is both home to the University of Iowa and a livable city boasting a diverse cultural environment, attractive downtown, and historic campus buildings. True to college-town form, the area has the highest housing costs in the state and one of the highest levels of educational attainment in the country. The city is well-educated, progressive, active, and has a strong community feel. An assortment of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues in a lively downtown and Iowa River riverfront setting anchored by a large pedestrian mall.

The economic base, aside from the university, is a mix of agricultural, light manufacturing, high tech and biotech businesses. Good older tree-lined city neighborhoods lie mostly east and south of downtown, with more suburban environments lying northeast and west towards the small town of Coralville. Large retail developments are confined mainly to the I-80 corridor and growth and sprawl issues are modest.

A scenic mix of flat river valleys and wooded undulating hills dominate the landscape. The climate is continental. Summers are warm and humid, punctuated by frequent thunderstorms, although nearby hills may lessen the severity. Winters are cold and variable, although the hills again shelter the area from some northern fronts. That said, below-zero evening temperatures are fairly common, and blizzards do occur. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.


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Quick Facts About Iowa City


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Iowa City is 2.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Iowa City jobs have Increased by 3.21 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Iowa City's cost of living is 5.00% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Iowa City's population is 68,364 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 9.05 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 16 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Iowa City is $193,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.80 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Iowa City public schools spend $11,413 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16 students per teacher in Iowa City.

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Comments


Do not move here.
Unless you need to come here for graduate school or are already from Iowa, please do yourself a favor and avoid this place. I grew up in IN and thought it was awful... (read more)
Do not move here!
Unless you need to come here for graduate school or are already from Iowa, please do yourself a favor and avoid this place. I grew up in IN and thought it was awful... (read more)
Do not move here!
Unless you need to come here for graduate school or are already from Iowa, please do yourself a favor and avoid this place. I grew up in IN and thought it was awful... (read more)
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