The hub of Johnson County, Iowa City is the fifth largest city in the state and is the only City of Literature in North America, as awarded by UNESCO in 2008. Located on the southern edge of Iowa's Creative Corridor, Iowa City is a city of diverse culture, art and open-minded expression. The downtown area, known as the 'Ped Mall', offers an eclectic group of art galleries, boutiques, local entertainment, restaurants and urban style living. Iowa City consistently ranks nationally for many of it high quality of life attributes and was ranked as one of the top Cities to Retire by Business Week. At the heart of Iowa City is the University of Iowa – home of the Hawkeyes and home to over 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. It includes the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which was named one of 'America's Best Hospitals' for the 25th year in a row. The University was also the original developer of the Master of Fine Arts degree and operates the world-renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop. Iowa City has something for everyone.
First capital city of the state of Iowa.
Main Event or Festival
Summer of the Arts Festival (includes Jazz Festival), Oktoberfest/Iowa City BrewFest
Hancher Auditorium, Hamburg Inn No. 2, Old Capital Building, Pentacrest, College Green Park, Pedestrian Mall, City Park