Income/capita 8%
Household income 23%
Unemployment 36%
IndexIowa CityIowaNational
Income per capita$27,430$28,872$29,829
Median household income$42,720$54,570$55,322
Median income owner occupied$82,899$66,527$70,586
Median income renter occupied$21,677$30,828$35,192
Median earnings male$21,515$37,409$36,919
Median earnings female$14,696$25,115$26,250
Unemployment rate3.0%3.1%4.7%
Poverty level28.0%12.3%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Iowa City is 8% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Iowa City is 23% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Iowa City is 36% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Iowa City is 85% higher than the national average

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      Iowa City employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry6.6%0.5%
      Manufacturing sector9.1%0.3%
      Financial & insurance services3.1%2.4%
      Wholesale & retail services12.3%8.7%
      Public administration1.9%1.0%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities2.7%1.5%
      Education, health & social services35.8%54.9%

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      Shueyville, IA570$120,000117%
      North Liberty, IA16,984$77,75241%
      Swisher, IA846$75,71437%
      Solon, IA2,399$73,75033%
      West Branch, IA2,581$61,49311%
      Iowa City, IA72,385$42,72023%

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      Waldorf, MD72,413$87,53358%
      Layton, UT72,413$68,50724%
      Rapid City, SD72,441$47,30015%
      Canton, OH72,163$30,44445%
      Goodyear, AZ72,629$74,41735%
      Iowa City, IA72,385$42,72023%
      Source: The Iowa City, IA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).