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Old 03-26-2012, 09:37 AM
 
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It would take one pretty huge storm to actually shut down I-80 between Iowa City and Chicago. It's a major interstate traveled by around 60,000 vehicles a day through Iowa City, and over 30,000 in the rural areas to the east. They would work to get that road open before any others if it actually closed. It does happen every few years during a huge storm, and can be shut for upwards of 8-12 hours.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:29 PM
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I just saw your post. School test scores are posted on the Iowa Department of Education website. You should look at them. See https://www.edinfo.state.ia.us/data/...asp?s=00090000.

I would not move into the Mark Twain or Grant Wood school attendance areas. These are good schools; however, because the free and reduced lunch percentage are high and the test scores relatively low, the resale value of your home will be suppressed and less people seem to be willing to buy houses in this area. There is a higher percentage of subsidized housing in this area than in some other parts of town so this impacts everyone else's housing values. I would also stay out of the Longfellow attendance area right now because school district is considering doing some redistricting changes based on free and reduced lunch data and this may negatively impact the resale value of those homes. Check out the Iowa City Community School District website news. Browser Not Supported

You should ask more questions about which elementary schools are crowded and which junior highs and high schools they feed into. There are also two or three private schools that many people seem to like--Willowind, Regina, and Heritage Christian.

Iowa City is very diverse and you will feel welcome. You can make day trips to Chicago a lot during the winter but there is a lot to do in the Iowa City area.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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thanks for that info MG3..
Chicago60614, those are nice pictures of IC that you've put up on one of your posts.. definitely gives you a good idea of what to expect..
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