Iowa City, Iowa

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Iowa City, which straddles the two sides of the Iowa River, ranks first among our Top 20 Smallest Metros with high scores on both quality-of-life and economic conditions. As a well-known college town, it is not surprising that Iowa City boasts the most highly educated population of all the regions in our study. The youthful, artsy vibe here is courtesy of the University of Iowa campus, home to good art and natural history museums and thriving nightlife. Although rents consume a substantial percentage of income, the city’s remarkably low unemployment and favorable labor market conditions translate to short job searches for transplants.

#1 Iowa City, Iowa

POPULATION: 142,230
RANKING DETAIL:
#12 EARNINGS
#14 RENT
#3 UNEMPLOYMENT
#7 LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION

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DEMOGRAPHIC

#1 EDUCATION
#12 DIVERSITY

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QUALITY OF LIFE

#2 CITY ACCESSIBILITY
#11 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#12 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

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