Iowa City

An UNESCO City of Literature

Arts, culture, education and athletics is the bedrock upon which Iowa City is built. The capital of Iowa for ten years until 1857, legislators traded that designation for the honor of becoming home to the new State University of Iowa. The gold-domed Old Capitol building, now the centerpiece of the University campus, provides the backdrop for myriad festivals and events throughout the year. Downtown Iowa City pulses with live music and sidewalk cafés, a robust retail landscape and author readings in iconic bookshops. A UNESCO City of Literature for ten years on, Iowa City also boasts a renowned Book Festival and a children’s literature event called One Book Two Book. These gems, combined with world class healthcare, a top-notch school district, and terrific recreational opportunities, make Iowa City an enviable place to call home.

Community Highlights

Top tier Health care

Iowa City ranks second in the nation for physician to population ratio, and is home to three hospitals, of which the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the 5th largest teaching hospital in the United States, is ranked best in the state.

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