Twilight on a street in Downtown Iowa City
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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 60
Demographics 37
Economy 59
Education 82
Health 83
Housing 67
Infrastructure 60

#9. Iowa City, IA

Highly ranked schools and a strong health-care system have helped Iowa City make multiple appearances on our Best Places to Live list. But to get the full story on why Iowa City is a Top 100 Best Place to Live, look at this town’s college, the University of Iowa, which helps set the cultural tone. The city’s large assortment of arts and entertainment options draw in new residents, while affordable home prices keep them here.

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