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Rankings & Recognitions
The Iowa City/Coralville area consistently ranks as a top community in which to live, work, play, and raise a family. The following is just a few of the accolades our destination has received.

  • Iowa City Best of the Midwest and one of 12 Best Places to Retire, Money Magazine, October 2016
  • The University of Iowa #25 of top 50 Best College Towns in America, The College Rank, August 2016
  • Iowa City on Livability's list of Best Cities for Entrepreneurs, August 2016
  • Iowa City High School 13th of the "14 Most Picturesque High School Campuses in the U.S.," LawnStarter Lawn Care & Landscaping of Austin, TX, August 2016
  • Iowa City one of the "Best communities to Grow Old In," The New York Times, July 2016
  • North Liberty #6 of 10 most successful Iowa cities, Zippia, July 2016
  • Iowa City #5 for America's top 25 healthiest cities, 24/7 Wall Street, July 2016
  • Prairie Lights Bookstore on Top 10 Bookstore list, National Geographic, March 2016
  • Iowa City a contender for 10Best Readers' Choice Best Small College Town, USA Today, March 2016
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Mercy Iowa City rated two of nation's 100 Top Hospitals, Truven Health Analytics, March 2016

  • Iowa City #9 of “Top 100 Best Places to Live,” Livability, September 2015
  • North Liberty named one of the most playful cities in the country,, June 2015
  • Iowa City #8 of "Top 30 Small Cities," Area Development Magazine, June 2015
  • Coralville #59 of "Top 100 Best Small Towns 2015,", June 2015
  • Iowa City #1 of "Best Cities For College Grads in 2015,", May 2015
  • Iowa City #4 of "Best College Towns," American Institute for Economic Research, February 2015
  • Iowa City #5 of "Best-Performing Small Cities,” Milken Institute, January 2015
  • Iowa City #6 of "Easiest Cities to Find a Job,", January 2015
  • North Liberty among "30 Safest Cities in Iowa,", January 2015
  • Iowa City #6 of "The 10 Smartest Cities in America," MarketWatch, January 2015
  • Iowa City ranked #1 for Small Cities for Successful Aging by Milken Institute, December 2014
  • Iowa City West High School and Iowa City High School ranked among Top 10 High Schools in Iowa. U.S. News and World Report, April 2014
  • Iowa City named a Top Literary City in the U.S.. Highbrow Magazine, April 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 ranked #3 for Best Cities for Singles. Kiplinger February 2014
  • Iowa City ranked #1 for Top 10 Cities for Affordable Health Care., February 2014

  • North Liberty ranked #7 and Coralville ranked #9 for Best Places in Iowa for Young Families. NerdWallet, November 2013
  • Iowa City ranked #46 in Top 100 Places To Live., October 2013
  • University of Iowa ranked #29 for The Top 30 Public National Universities. U.S. News & World Report, September 2013
  • Iowa City ranked #13 (Small Cities) for The Best Small Places for Business and Careers. Forbes, August 2013
  • Iowa City ranked #6 as One of The Nation's Top 10 College Towns., August 2013
  • Iowa City ranked #13 for Best US Cities for Work/Life Balance. NerdWallet, July 2013
  • Iowa City ranked #4 for one of America's Smartest Cities., 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