Best Neighborhoods in Iowa City, IA

Iowa City neighborhoods include historical buildings and a college-town atmosphere.

On Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 17:49
Iowa City, IA


As one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Northside is full of historic homes. The six-block area is just north of downtown and close to shopping, theaters and restaurants. Northside is made up of residents from all different walks of life, from college students to artists to families with children.

University Heights

University Heights is perfect for Iowa City’s young urban professional residents. The majority of residents have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, and most homeowners  renters in the area have jobs at executive or manager levels. Want to bike to work? Then University Heights will be ideal; many residents put pedal to pavement for their morning commutes.


Thanks to its walkability, downtown Iowa City is popular with college students. The area is made up of small and medium-sized apartments, as well as single family homes. Many homes in the downtown district are historical, some built before 1939.

Manville Heights

Found on the west side of Iowa City, Manville Heights is close to the University of Iowa. Several homes were built in the earlier half of the 20th century, and the area has the distinction of being the most architecturally diverse neighborhood in the city. Manville Heights is also considered desirable to residents because of its proximity to the University of Iowa, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and downtown.


Charming is the best way to describe Goosetown. While there haven’t been geese in the neighborhood for years, the area received its name due to the Bohemian immigrant population and their feathered friends in the 1850s. Today, Goosetown is popular with residents because of its closeness to downtown and the University of Iowa.


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