About the Iowa City Area

The Iowa City Area Development Group serves the communities of Iowa City, Coralville, Kalona, North Liberty, Solon, Tiffin, Tipton, the Amana Colonies, and Johnson County.

Combined, this region has been recognized annually as one of the most livable areas in the nation.

Area Rankings 2014

  • Iowa City named a Top Literary City in the U.S., Highbrow Magazine, April 2014

  • Iowa City MSA posts state’s largest percentage population growth from 2010 to 2013 among Iowa’s nine largest metro areas.  Johnson County posts second highest percentage population growth from 2010 to 2013, U.S. Census Bureau, March 2014

  • Twenty-three University of Iowa graduate programs and colleges among the 25 best in the nation, U.S.News & World Report, March 2014
  • Iowa City #3, "Best Cities for Singles," Kiplinger, February 2014
  • Iowa City #1, "Top 10 Cities for Affordable Health Care," Livability.com, February 2014
  • Iowa City ranked in Top 25 Cities for Jobs, "Q4 2013 Career Trends Report," Beyond.com, February 2014

Area Rankings 2013

  • North Liberty #7 and Coralville #9, "Best Places in Iowa for Young Families," NerdWallet, November 2013
  • Iowa City #7, "2013 “Best Places for Veterans: Jobs” USAA and Hiring Our Heroes, November 2013
  • Iowa City #46, "Top 100 Places to Live," Livability.com, October 2013
  • University of Iowa #29 in "2014 Edition: The Top 30 Public National Universities," U.S. News & World Report, September 2013
  • Iowa City #13, "The Best Small Places for Business and Careers" (Small Cities), Forbes, August 2013
  • Iowa City #6, "Nation's Top 10 College Towns," Livability.com, August 2013
  • Iowa City #13, "Best US Cities for Work/Life Balance," NerdWallet, July 2013
  • Iowa City #4, "America's Smartest Cities," Lumosity.com, June 2013
  • Iowa City MSA #22, "Economic and Job Growth," Area Development Magazine, June 2013
  • Johnson County is a "top 50 healthiest county" for kids, U.S. News & World Report, June 2013
  • The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital ranked in seven specialty categories, U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, June 2013
  • Iowa City is a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community, League of American Bicyclists, May 2013
  • Five high schools in Iowa's Creative Corridor among 10 Best in Iowa, U.S. News and World Report, April 2013