Iowa City – a comparison by numbers and Wikipedia

So it’s been a little over a week since I made it to Iowa City!

After getting to Iowa City and getting moved in to a temporary home and finding all the grocery stores (note: there are NO stores in IC that are the same in the South, save Lucky’s Market – woot), I have moved into a dorm for the past week for a summer program with some of the students.

When I say I moved into a dorm for a week, I do not mean the dingy, cramped, old and musty dorms you may have in your mind. This is a new dorm (1 year old) with green rooms and green outlets that turn off when not in use and turn on (mostly) due to motion sensors (think of the frozen food sections that have lights that come on when you walk down the ailse). This dorm also has room service – people who come in and clean up and leave fresh sheets! It’s more like a hotel than a dorm.

Before leaving Savannah, I had a ton of questions about Iowa City. Now that I’m in Iowa City, I have a ton of questions about Savannah. Let me list some numbers and info I found helpful (AKA – I copied info from wikipedia):

Iowa City was created by an act of Legislative Assembly of the Iowa Territory on January 21, 1839.

While Iowa City was selected as the territorial capital in 1839, it did not officially become the capital city until 1841. Iowa City remained the capital of Iowa until 1857, when the state capital was moved to Des Moines (pronounced, “deh-moin”).

Iowa City is currently the fifth-largest city in the state.



Savannah was established in 1733 on the Savannah River and became the British colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia. It is Georgia’s fifth-largest city and third-largest metropolitan area.

Iowa City:

Population (est. 2015)

– City 74,220

• Density 2,700/sq mi

• Metro 164,357

Elevation 668 ft

• Demonym Iowa Citian



Population (est. 2015)

– City 145,674

• Density 1,321.2/sq mi

• Metro 379,199

Elevation 49 ft

• Demonym Savannahian
Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa and a small campus of Kirkwood Community College. The University of Iowa’s athletic teams are known as the Iowa Hawkeyes. UI is a member of the Big Ten Conference, thus making it possible to be both a Hawkeye fan and a UGA fan.

Savannah has four colleges and universities: Armstrong State University, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah State University, and South University.

In addition, Georgia Tech Savannah offers certificate programs, and Georgia Southern University has a satellite campus in the downtown area. Savannah Technical College, a two-year technical institution and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, a marine science research institute of the University of Georgia, offer educational programs as well. Savannah is also the location of Ralston College, a liberal arts college founded in 2010.

Mercer University began a four-year doctor of medicine program in August 2008.

In 2012, Savannah Law School opened in the historic Candler building on Forsyth Park.

To note:

Both Iowa City and Savannah have capital buildings with gold-plated domes.

(Iowa City)




Also, Iowa City is the home of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, whose graduates include Flannery O’Connor, who was born in Savannah, GA, and who lived in Milledgeville, GA (a place I have also lived)!

University of Iowa as compared to UGA:

University of Iowa

Type Public Flagship, Space grant

Established 1847

Endowment $1.263 billion (2015)

Administrative staff 2,296

Students 32,150 (Fall 2015)

Undergraduates 22,354

Postgraduates 9,033

Location Iowa City, Iowa

Campus Urban 1,700 acres

Colors Black & Old Gold

Athletics NCAA Division I – Big Ten

Nickname Hawkeyes

Mascot Herky the Hawk


Type Public flagship, Land-grant, Sea-grant

Established January 27, 1785

Endowment $1.004 billion (FY 2015)

Academic staff 2,879 (August 2014)

Students 35,197 (Fall 2014)

Undergraduates 26,882 (Fall 2014)

Postgraduates 8,315 (Fall 2014)

Location Athens, Georgia, U.S.

Campus University town; 762 acres

Colors Red & Black

Athletics NCAA Division I FBS – SEC

Nickname Bulldogs

Mascot Uga (live bulldog); Hairy Dawg (costumed)





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