Area Information

There’s a reason why people relocate to the Iowa City area. Picture a top-notch educational institution offering some of the nation’s best (and largest) healthcare facilities, a variety of art and theatrical attractions, an internationally renowned writers’ workshop and research programs that are changing our world. Combine this with a welcoming community surrounded by the picturesque rolling hills, forests, lakes and rivers of Eastern Iowa. It’s not hard to see why the Iowa City area is often ranked as one of the most livable communities in the nation. Come experience Iowa’s education and cultural center for yourself!

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce serves Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty and Solon. From the metropolitan to rural, each of our communities offers unique amenities for businesses and families. Those characteristics have earned our area high ratings from national media:
  • Iowa City ranks 9th out of 179 on best performing small cities list - "Milken Institute," October 2010
  • Iowa City named third-best major metropolitan area in the country for college students - "American Institute for Economic Research," September 2010
  • Iowa City ranks 2nd out of 75 mid-size cities for volunteer rate - "Volunteering in America," Corporation for National & Community Service, June 2010
  • "Healthiest Town in the United States," Men's Journal, February 2010
  • "Top Towns for Jobs," MSN CareerBuilder, January 2010
  • No. 22 in the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities Index, "Where America’s Jobs Are Created and Sustained," November 2009
  • Iowa City is ranked as one of America's Top 100 Adventure Cities - National Geographic Adventure, October 2009
  • Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty named an Iowa Great Place - Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, October 2009
  • Iowa City ranks 2nd out of 75 mid-size cities for volunteer rate - "Volunteering in America," Corporation for National & Community Service, July 2009
  • No. 5 "Best Places to Begin a Career" - Metros Under 500,000, Forbes Magazine, July
  • No. 13 "Top College Towns for Jobs" - Forbes Magazine, May 2009
  • No. 9 "Best Places for Business and Careers" - Smaller Metros, Forbes Magazine, March 2009
  • Best Places to Live and Launch, Fortune Small Business, March 2008
  • No. 2 Best Places For Business And Careers - Smaller Metros, Forbes Magazine, March 2008
  • Top 10 Up-And-Coming Tech Cities 2008, Forbes Magazine, March 2008
  • Best Towns 2007, Outside Magazine, August 2007
  • 50 Best Places to Live and Play National Geographic Adventure Magazine, August 2007
  • No. 5 Best Smaller Metro by Forbes magazine, April 2007
  • Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live & Work by Sperling’s Best Places, March 2007
  • Great Places to Live, Work: Iowa City ranked No. 5 by MSN
  • Expansion Management ranks Iowa City “quality of life” high

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