Iowa City has once again been named one of the best cities to live in America.
"Creativity abounds in Iowa City," says Livability.com, "with an inviting atmosphere from the prestigious university to its rich literary heritage. The city offers plenty of outdoor activities, opportunities to flex your creative muscle, and a low cost of living."
With a population just over 76,000, Iowa City is an ideal blend of metropolitan amenities and small-town charm.
While the University of Iowa is the city's largest and most notable attraction, this eastern Iowa community also has a vibrant downtown featuring a variety of clothing shops, bookstores, restaurants, outdoor recreation opportunities, and excellent schools.
"Iowa City and its surrounding areas have all kinds of fun surprises in store, from ancient sea floor fossils at Devonian Fossil Gorge to the UNESCO 'City of Literature' designation and a public art program that turns everything from doors to benches to walls into colorful masterpieces," the Livability article states.
TravelMag also features Iowa City as one of the "most charming" destinations in the Midwest, noting its jazz and art festivals throughout the summer and "one of the longest-running Pride festivals in the U.S."
Other Big Ten cities praised by Livability include: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Madison, Wisconsin.
In 2013, Livability named Iowa City one of the country's top 10 college towns.
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