Retire in Iowa City, IA

Livability Score
61
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
70597
Median Househould Income
42119
Median Age
25.9
65 Years and Over
6065
Median Home Value
185500
Unemployed
1847
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Her Soup Kitchen

I came into Her Soup Kitchen at 1:45 last Monday. They were due to close in 15 minutes, yet I was graciously welcomed by the owner who patiently walked my...

2. Nodo

Confused that I had to actually go into the hardware store's doors in order to get inside, but that didn't matter. For such a tiny little place, the food...

3. Oasis Falafel

The food here is top notch and super cheap. The falafel pita is where it's at, but don't skip the condiment station or you will MISS the heck OUT. Their...

4. Island Vybz Mobile Rasta-rant

This was my first experience with Caribbean food and it will not be the last. I will need to figure out how to find their schedule. There were four of us...

5. Wig & Pen East

Do yourself a favor and get their wings. They are freaking amazing and their deep dish is bomb. Delivery was pretty fast too and everything came as ordered....

Golf
1. Brown Deer Golf Course

We stopped here on a Sunday afternoon and were pleasantly surprised by the friendly and professional service received from the entire staff. Elevated tees...

2. Finkbine Golf Course

Standard driving range, and since I'm a sucker for golf, it's a default 4 stars to start. Hit some range balls with my pops since we came out here for...

3. Pleasant Valley Golf Course

Played again on a day when the greens were not under water from Spring rain. The course actually lays out very nicely. Not super hard, but enough to keep...

4. Saddleback Ridge Golf Course

This course is 15 minutes from Iowa City. Very open course, with rolling hills and ponds. Always well kept and great greens. Pricing is very reasonable...

5. Hi Point Golf Course

Hi Point is a family run golf course. It is a great place to play for the beginner or casual golfer. Perfect for a day out with the family or group of...

Active
1. Geoff's Bike & Ski

Just bought 2 new bikes from Geoff's and the service was superb. My wife and I just moved to the area and neither of us has had a bike since we were kids....

2. Thornberry Off-Leash Dog Park

We come here a lot when I visit from Cali. And they're renovating the pond, it's going to be soooo nice when it's finished.

3. Hickory Hill Park

***300th review!*** I wanted my 300th review to be for a public space that really embodies Iowa City's ideals and so: Hickory Hill Park! This is without a...

4. University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Pros: 1. Large, spacious, and great atmosphere. 2. The pools are great, how many have a lazy river, lap swim, and a climbing wall in a single pool? Likely...

5. Pedestrian Mall

This is such a beautiful public space! Lots of shops, excellent restaurants, a water fountain/ splash pad, huge playground with a new cushiony rubber...

Arts
1. Kinnick Stadium

Go Hawkeyes! What an excellent way to spend a Saturday, than watching the Iowa Hawkeyes beat Illinois Fighting Illini. 6-0 what a great start to the season....

2. Englert Civic Theatre

Beautiful theater, that looks and sounds amazing! They have huge shows here, everyone from Yo La Tengo to David Cross to Mavis Staples! One thing that...

3. The Iowa Children's Museum

Great place for kids of all ages. When my kids were in elementary school, I used to bring them to this museum. It was only fitting to go down memory when my...

4. Clinton Street Social Club

Hands down, one of my favorite places to eat in Iowa City. The atmosphere is hip, trendy, yet familiar and inviting at the same time. If you are fortunate...

5. FilmScene

A good variety of movies you wouldn't normally see in theaters, they have plenty of free or reduced price events for Iowa students during the school year....

Shopping
1. Prairie Lights Books

Very nice little independent bookstore in downtown Iowa City. When you first walk in it looks ok...a number of book genres strewn about on nice looking...

2. Artifacts

Artifacts is a great shop, stocked with wonderful items and staffed by friendly people. I was visiting Iowa City for the first time and I always try to...

3. Home Ec. Workshop

So much project inspiration! The owner of this adorable shop hand-selects the fabrics at a fabric show and oh my, does she have an eye for drool-worthy,...

4. Revival

Whoa, how have I waited so long to check this place out?! If you live in Iowa City or are visiting the area, I'm adding this to your to-do list. Go here...

5. White Rabbit

Super cute store, I love all the local artwork as well as other artists. They have cute clothes and some really great vintage finds in the back. Great place...

Health
1. Discerning Eye

Amazing staff and a great selection of high quality eyewear. The location is great too!

2. University of Iowa Health Care

I have never seen such professionalism in the medical world as this place. I would highly recommend their cancer center!

3. McDonald Chiropractic Clinic

I really like McDonald Chiropractic. I've only been to one other chiropractor in my life, besides McDonald, so I might not have much to compare to but all I...

4. Washington Street Wellness Center

From the wonderful bedside manner of Dr. Deden to the warm and friendly demeanor of the staff, this place is the complete package of awesome. I'd been...

5. Wild Flower Healing Arts

Pamela made me fall in love with massage. She provides holistic care and knowledge and is attentive to your needs. My back and neck feel so much better and...

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