Iowa City, IA, is a small sized city with a population of just under 68,000, and is the home to the University of Iowa. In 2008, Forbes Magazine named Iowa City and its adjacent cities the second best small metropolitan area for doing business in the country. Iowa City assisted living facilities can be found through SeniorLiving.org, who will give you all the information you need to do cost analysis of the Iowa City assisted living arrangements. You should be flexible if you are considering senior care in Iowa City because there are only nine assisted living facilities to choose from, although your options for in home residential care and nursing homes are much larger.
Assisted living facilities in Iowa City are affordable when compared to the national average, but they are slightly higher than the Iowa state median level. The monthly cost for a private bedroom at an ALF is $3,300, about $100 more than the national average. The monthly cost for a private room in a nursing home is $5,642. The Iowa City cost of living is below the U.S. average, rated at 93.2 in the March 2012 cost of living index, versus 100 for the national average. The city also has much less crime than the country’s average, rated in the crime index as 171.3, opposed to the 319.1 U.S. average.
There are two health care facilities that provide emergency services in Iowa City, Mercy Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, which is recognized as one of the nation’s best hospitals and is the state’s only tertiary care medical center.
Iowa City has a thriving arts culture. In 2008, UNESCO designated the city as only the third City of Literature in the world. It is home to the world renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, who count Flannery O’Connor as a graduate. The Pedestrian Mall is a place where many gather to indulge in concerts, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Iowa City Arts Festival, open air film showings, and other cultural events. The Mall also has many shops, restaurants, and bars to explore. The city maintains and operates more than 10 parks that host many recreational and community activities. There are also multiple golf courses near the outskirts of the city. For seniors looking for a thriving small metropolitan area, Iowa City is one of the best places you could choose in the nation.