Johnson County

Business and Economy in Iowa City, IA

Being a great place to live also means being a great place to work. A thriving economy helps the tax base (so there’s more money for city improvements) and helps a city attract and retain talent. The median household income in Iowa City, IA, is $42,375, and check out the following articles to get an inside look at its key industries and job opportunities.

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    Photo courtesy of the Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB

    Top Employers in Iowa City, IA

    The city’s major employers are a mix of corporate headquarters and health care in addition to education.

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    Photo by Flickr user Alan Light

    Iowa City, IA: Business Overview

    The University of Iowa and large businesses support Iowa City's growing economy.

Employment Overview

While employment opportunities often play a big part in why people move, a city’s unemployment rate also is a major indicator of an economy’s overall health. Regardless of whether personal employment is a factor, lower unemployment rates often mean a region is better able to attract and retain skilled workers, new industries and retailers. The statistics, here, should provide valuable insight into the health and diversity of Iowa City’s economy.

Employment Rate in Johnson County, IA

  Employed 97.9%
  Unemployed 2.1%

Occupations in Iowa City, IA

Employment in Iowa City, IA

Employment Armed Forces 0%
Employment Civilian Labor Force 68.2%
Employment Not in Labor Force 31.8%
Employment Total in Labor Force 68.2%

Industry in Iowa City, IA

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 0.4%
Construction 3.2%
Manufacturing 6.9%
Wholesale Trade 1.2%
Retail Trade 8.9%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 2.5%
Information 1.8%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 3.9%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 8%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 45%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 13.4%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 3.3%
Public Administration 1.5%

Iowa City, IA Rankings