Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City stands out among the many college towns on this list thanks to its active literary community and arts festivals. Education and healthcare are the main drivers of the city’s economy, which means you can expect great healthcare and adult education opportunities. Iowa City’s downtown has a lovely riverfront and Literary Walk with commemorative plaques, green treed streets, and a shopping mall. The median home price here is about $280,000, and crime is well below the national average. 

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