Where a Collection of Curious Communities Rises to the Top

Our area consistently ranks as a top community in which to live, work, play, and raise a family. The recognitions listed below are just a few of the accolades our destination has received in the last few years.




  • North Liberty #75 on Money Magazine's Best Places to Live 2017
  • Iowa City one of the Midwest's Best Budget Destinations on BudgetTravel.com
  • Iowa City the #9 place to live in Iowa according to Niche
  • North Liberty named a Playful City for the sixth time by Playful City USA
  • Iowa City named #2 for the "Top 100 Best Places to Live 2017" by Livability outpacing more than 2,100 cities
  • Iowa City ranked #4 by NBC's Today Show for Best Place to Retire in the U.S.
  • Iowa City #2 of Best 25 Cities for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur
  • ​University of Iowa was tied for 82nd among national university rankings, tied for 33rd among public universities, and tied for 130th among global universities by U.S. News & World Report
  • 16 University of Iowa graduate programs ranked among the top 25 in the nation in ​U.S. News & World Report; in graduate school rankings, Iowa's Carver College of Medicine tied for 25th in the country for primary care and tied for 33rd in the country for research, its College of Public Health tied for 17th, its College of Pharmacy tied for 17th, its College of Law tied for 20th, and its Nursing School tied for 23rd
  • Iowa City ranked #4 of 21 “Coolest cities in America” by Expedia Viewfinder
  • Iowa City ranked #1 for Best Small Metro to live after College Graduation by America Institute for Economic Research
  • Iowa City ranked #4 for Mid-Size City for Most Volunteers by Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Iowa City ranked #5 for Best College Towns in America by Business Insider


  • Iowa City Best of the Midwest and one of 12 Best Places to Retire, Money Magazine
  • The University of Iowa #25 of top 50 Best College Towns in America, The College Rank
  • Iowa City on Livability's list of Best Cities for Entrepreneurs
  • Iowa City High School 13th of the "14 Most Picturesque High School Campuses in the U.S.," LawnStarter Lawn Care & Landscaping of Austin
  • Iowa City one of the "Best communities to Grow Old In," The New York Times
  • North Liberty #6 of 10 most successful Iowa cities, Zippia
  • Iowa City #5 for America's top 25 healthiest cities, 24/7 Wall Street
  • Prairie Lights Bookstore on Top 10 Bookstore list, National Geographic
  • Iowa City a contender for 10Best Readers' Choice Best Small College Town, USA Today
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Mercy Iowa City rated two of nation's 100 Top Hospitals, Truven Health Analytics