Iowa City boasts new accolades including top among Iowa metros for GMP

Cedar Rapids and Iowa City also rank in top 25 communities with most job opportunities per capita

Published: February 17 2014 | 2:00 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:46 am in

Iowa City was given a few more things to brag about this week.

The Iowa City Area Development Group announced the city was ranked at the top among Iowa metros for projected gross metropolitan product (GMP) in 2014, which measures the economic output of a region. Its GMP growth in 2014 is projected to be 2.4 percent, according to United States Conference of Mayors data.

Kokomo, IN, led all metros with 4.7 percent projected GMP growth.  In Iowa, Des Moines, Ames and Sioux City were ranked just below Iowa City, while Waterloo/Cedar Falls was projected at 1.7 percent and Cedar Rapids at 1.2 percent.

The Iowa City metro also was ranked among the top cities in Iowa and across the nation for jobs. The most recent report, Beyond.com’s Q4 2013 Career Trends Report, lists Iowa City as a Top 25 community among metros with the most job opportunities per capita.

Des Moines earned the No. 4 spot and Sioux City was ranked No. 7.  Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Ames all landed in the top 25.

Beyond.com's report compared employment data and Bureau of Labor Statistics Civilian Labor Numbers for a set time period to evaluate the best places for job opportunities and the best places for companies to find workforce.

Additionally, Livibility.com ranked Iowa City No. 1 for affordable health care.

The website looked at Esri survey data on average per capita spending on health care and related items as well as the number of area hospitals, the number of primary care physicians and dentists per capita, the number of premature deaths, and the percentage of residents exposed to unsafe drinking water.

It found that Iowa City's residents spend 17 percent less on health care than the rest of the nation. The city has one doctor for every 634 residents and one dentist for every 532 people.

Rounding out the top 10 were Morgantown, WV; Mankato, MN; Portland, ME; Hartford, CT.; Charlottesville, VA; Albany, NY; Lincoln, NE.; Grand Rapids, MI, and Burien, WA.

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