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Businesses seeking retail or office spaces in a vibrant, walkable, and urban environment will find Downtown Iowa City’s dense layout desirable by today’s 21st-century workforce. There is a wide variety of amenities with no commute.

Downtown Iowa City is immediately adjacent to the University of Iowa campus and historic Pentacrest. The thriving Pedestrian Mall area, home to hundreds of locally owned businesses in historic and contemporary architecture, was recently named a National Historic Landmark District for Urban Renewal Era.

The Iowa City Downtown District has a robust list of incentive programs for businesses including grant opportunities, complimentary services, and data reports. Click through the Business Services tab to see our current list of incentive opportunities for ICDD businesses.

Come be a part of the action and bring your business to the Iowa City Downtown District.

Trade Area

Named the “Most Walkable City in Iowa”

Downtown’s urban layout has a Walk Score @ 93 and classified as a Bikers Paradise @ 95. The City of Iowa City & University of Iowa integrated public transportation hub serves visitors and employees with free access to the UI CAMBUS.

Downtown Composition & Urban Framework

Over 110 Restaurants and Bars | 60+ Retailers | 20 Entertainment & Cultural Venues | 120 Professional, Health & Well-Being | 30+ Non-profits

Households & Workforce

$79K Avg. HH Income | 26% of HH earn over $100K | 40% have BA or higher education | 40% of population aged 35-64

24K employees within 1-mile of downtown

University of Iowa Market

Over 30,000 students | 14,000 U Iowa Admin, Staff & Faculty | 15,000 University of Iowa Hospital & Clinic employees

Visitor Market

6.7M annual visitors to the Downtown District in 2019 | 13M to U Iowa

5 Hotels and 575 hotel rooms

670K annual visitors to the Iowa City Public Library

Contact Nancy Bird, Executive Director (  for additional questions, custom insights, leasing information, and organization details.