Iowa City , Iowa is truly a special, unique place. With a vibrant downtown, a university campus fully integrated in the community and some of the nation's top healthcare and research, there is always something to do and learn.
History Iowa City was created by an act of Legislative Assembly of the Iowa Territory on January 21, 1839, fulfilling the desire of Governor Robert Lucas to move the capital out of Burlington and closer to the center of the territory. While Iowa City was selected as the territorial capital in 1839, it did not officially become the capital city until 1841; after construction on the capitol building had begun. The capitol building was completed in 1842, and the last four territorial legislatures and the first six Iowa General Assemblies met there until 1857, when the state capital was moved to Des Moines.
Iowa City Community The community has spent the last three decades perfecting its cherished downtown, which features shops, restaurants and boutiques, with some of the most unique goods you can buy. It was ranked the number 2 least-stressed city in the U.S. in 2015. With a walk down the "Ped Mall," the city's pedestrian district in the heart of downtown, you may see people enjoying lunch on the many outdoor patios, or even watch residents challenge each other to a life size game of chess. You also may find musicians jamming on the corner, or music enthusiasts can attend the jazz festival each July. Iowa City has many unique neighborhoods for families, couples, singles and students. It's very easy to get around, with a convenience city bus system and also university bus system. There are neighborhoods with unique homes and tree lined streets to brand new construction or even condos. Start searching Iowa City homes for sale !
Attractions and Entertainment Just around the corner from the Ped Mall is the University of Iowa campus, Iowa's largest state university. The University of Iowa is recognized as one of the top public universities in the country, with over 100 areas of study. In addition, the university boasts the award-winning University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the internationally acclaimed Writers' Workshop. Students live on campus in one of the many dorms or in the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Iowa and downtown. The University of Iowa campus expands to both sides of the Iowa River, with several walking and bike paths and bridges. It makes for a scenic hike to exercise or when on the way to class. In the summer and during the warmer days you will see students spread out on the lawn in front of the Old Capital, the site of the first state capital and now a museum. Fall brings a buzz around the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and football. Game days are filled with fans sporting their black and gold as they walk down Melrose Avenue in the University Heights area, tailgating around Kinnick Stadium, and vendors selling their goods. Even in winter, there is always much to do in Iowa City - from experiencing a show at Hancher Auditorium on the University campus or at the restored historic Englert Theatre downtown, to catching the girls or boys basketball teams take on their BIG 10 competitors. In addition to unique downtown shopping, Iowa City also offers shoppers the Old Capital Town Center and the Sycamore Mall. The Coral Ridge Mall, just a short drive in nearby Coralville, provides more opportunities for large, big box stores. Iowa City has been ranked as 9th on Livability.com's 2016 Top 100 Best Places to Liverankings.
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