Young Professionals Downtown Ames on Main Street. Juice file photo.

Downtown Ames on Main Street. Juice file photo.

Iowa City vs. Ames: The homes of Iowa’s two biggest Universities

Published on September 9th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler



Matching up the hometowns of the Hawkeyes versus the Cyclones. 
Editor’s note: A previous version of this post included incorrect information about a bar near Iowa State’s campus.

Iowa City
2012 population
University of Iowa
Major university
Iowa State University
City founded
Mission Creek
Multi-day music festival
Maximum Ames
Tom Brokaw, Gene Wilder, John Irving
Famous former residents
R. Crumb, Cael Sanderson, Jane Smiley
Deadwood, Gabe’s, The Union
Bars near campus
Welch Avenue Station, Charlie Yoke’s, Es Tas
Top party school (University of Iowa), 2013, Princeton Review
Notable ranking
Ninth-best place to live, 2010,
Miles from
Des Moines
Local brewery
Olde Main
Gable coached wrestling at Iowa
Dan Gable connection
Gable attended ISU


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