The City of Iowa City has earned a score of 112 on the ninth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy, and services. A score of 100 is considered perfect, with scores above 100 possible due to additional bonus points cities may earn in several categories.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Iowa City has earned at least 100 from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague stated, “I am proud to see that Iowa City has once again received a perfect score in the Municipal Equity Index. Although I know that Iowa City is a great place to call home, this high ranking provides clear evidence of the support and value that our community shows for our LGBTQ community.”

Iowa City's scorecard can be found online

The MEI rated 506 cities including the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state’s two largest public universities, municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples, and 98 cities selected by HRC and Equality Federation state group members and supporters. It assesses each city on 44 criteria covering citywide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement, and city leadership’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. 

The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city, as well as a searchable database, is available online at

Date of publication

Thursday, December 03, 2020