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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 80
Demographics 47
Economy 76
Education 58
Health 84
Housing 78
Infrastructure 54

#4. Iowa City, IA

Some crafty Iowa City residents cover trees with knitted tree-huggers during the winter months — it’s that creativity, forward-thinking and sense of fun that helped Iowa City place high on the 2018 list. This Midwestern city also made recent lists for Top 10 College Towns, Best Cities for Book Lovers and Best Cities for Affordable Health Care.

The landmark institution here is the University of Iowa, one of the nation’s top public research universities with a devoted focus toward the arts, sciences and humanities. In addition, the home of Hawkeye Nation has diverse neighborhoods along with many historic buildings, and a bustling downtown district offers multiple entertainment options for college students, residents and visitors.

Find out more about life in Iowa City right here.

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