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Animal and pet

Iowa Citians love their pets, whether they are dogs, cats or backyard hens. The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center has information on programs for promoting responsible pet ownership, pet adoptions and enforcing animal control ordinances.

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Getting involved

Iowa City is a dynamic and growing community with many opportunities for residents to get involved in activities that enhance the community.

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Iowa City achieved an official certification as a Blue Zones community in February 2016, a designation awarded to cities that offer healthy alternatives in food, transportation and other areas. Additionally, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, located in Iowa City, have been named one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Iowa City is also home to the Iowa City VA Health Care System and Mercy Hospital. 

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Home to the University of Iowa, Iowa City offers a number of higher education and continuing education opportunities. The Iowa City Community School District is one of the fastest growing school districts, and the fifth-largest in the state. The City offers lifelong learning opportunities through a number of our departments and divisions.

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Through the Neighborhood Outreach office, the City of Iowa City supports and encourages neighborhood action and provides ideas and resources that can help shape the future of a neighborhood. Iowa City has eight historic districts that are on the National Register of Historic Places and protected by local historic preservation zoning.

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Parking and transportation

Whether it's by bike, bus, car or foot, it's easy to get around Iowa City.

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Public safety

The safety and security of Iowa City residents, the general public and those visiting Iowa City is a priority for City Council and City staff. 

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Seeking assistance

Iowa City and Johnson County support many local community services that strive to help those who need it most. This page features links to several City specific services, and offerings by other community based organizations. 


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The East Side Recycling Center

Iowa City is committed to being a leader in sustainable community development and improving quality of life through sustainable practices that promote social well-being, environmental health and economic stability. 

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The City of Iowa City provides residents with municipal, water, and sewer services. For residents in housing units of 4 units or fewer, the City also provides curbside garbage, yard waste, compost and recycling collection services. 

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