Iowa City No. 2 Best Place to Live in ranking

You’ve come a long way as one of the best places to live, Iowa City, according to the most recent review from

In 2015, the website — which ranks the best small and mid-sized cities to live based on forty data points grouped into eight categories like housing, amenities, infrastructure and education — placed Iowa City as No. 10.

This year, though, Iowa City’s score of 678 earned it the No. 2 spot, trailing just behind Rochester, Minn., at 695.

According to’s ranking, more than 2,100 cities were examined, all with populations between 20,000 and 350,000. The ranking said scores for the eight categories were rendered through a survey conducted for the website by Ipsos Public Affairs in which people were asked what they believe makes the community a better place to live and what factors they would consider in choosing another city.

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“Home to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes as well as Kirkwood Community College, Iowa City features a college-town atmosphere with big-city cultural events that are attractive to both locals and students,” the ranking said, adding that multiple shopping choices, arts and entertainment attractions and several hospitals add to the city’s ranking. “Iowa City perennially ranks high on the Best Places to Live list.”

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By the numbers, the ranking found that Iowa City has a population of 71,832, a median age of 25.8, median household income of $42,375 and median home price of $186,100. More information about the ranking and Iowa City’s profile can be found at

Press-Citizen, March 28th, 2017, Reach Andy Davis at 319-887-5404 or at, and follow him on Twitter as @BylineAndyDavis.

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