Living in Iowa City
Iowa City is a wonderful place to live. It is a is a culturally diverse and interesting university community of approximately 67,000 residents located 4 hours west of Chicago, and 5 hours south of Minneapolis, and 5 hours north of St. Louis. The town is located a mile off Interstate 80 in the rolling and wooded countryside of of Eastern Iowa with an excellent public school system and a internationally renowned health care system due to the presence of the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics. In the immediate area are multiple modern concert halls and numerous bars and music venues playing everything from rock to classical music. In addition there are modern sports facilities, two recreational lake areas, 5 golf courses, numerous parks and swimming pools, four venues devoted to live theater, and several museums including the excellent University of Iowa museum of Art. Hancher Auditorium welcomes touring Broadway productions, nationally known musical acts, and various dance productions. Indeed Hancher serves as regional "home" for the Joffrey Ballet who make yearly appearances. Sailing, cycling, mountain biking, tennis, horseback riding, team sports, and golf are common recreational pastimes. Iowa City is the home of the Writers Workshop and has very active programs in theater, dance, and and other arts, all of which contribute to a vibrant artistic and cultural scene for those who desire it.
For more on some of Iowa City's highlights, see...
- New York Times; Journey, 36 hours: Iowa City
- No. 4 on AIER's College Destinations
- No. 5 on MSN's List of Top 10 Places to Live and Work.
- No. 8 on Utne Reader's "Most Enlightened Towns."
- No. 9 on Best Small Places For Business And Careers, Forbes, March 2009
- Best Towns, Outside Magazine, August 2007
- No. 3 on Most Educated Metros, USA Today, 2002