Market Report

Iowa City, IA

Short-term forecast

Underperform

House price changes in the Iowa City, IA metro market are forecasted to underperform the national market in the short term. Based on the housing market vitality metric, the market ranks 386 among 402 US metro housing markets. Currently, the metro market is underperforming the national market and performance is forecasted to moderate.

MARKET RANK
Mar 2020 Mar 2019
386 / 402 273 / 402
SITUATION
Mar 2020 Mar 2019
Underperforming Tracking
OUTLOOK
Mar 2020 Mar 2019
Negative Negative

Forecasted Performance

The local housing market vitality is forecasted to moderate and performance will be in the bottom quartile of all metro markets. Improvements in new construction conditions boost the forecasted performance and changes in job market conditions drag down the forecast.

Trailing 12-month Performance

Over the last twelve months, local housing market vitality deteriorated and performance is currently in the bottom quartile of all metro markets. Improvements in new construction and job market conditions lifted trailing 12-month performance and changes in housing availability conditions dragged down performance.

Industry Specialization

The local economy is specialized in: Edu Health svcs, Construction, and Leisure Hosp. Mining, Fncl activities, and Pro Bus svcs industry sectors are less important to the local economy. Industry specialization helps explain the differing impact of industry trends on local economies in contrast to industry composition which describes the structure of the economy. A Specialization Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the sector having a greater share of the local economy than it does of the national economy. Sectors with a Specialization Index greater than 120 characterize the local economy.

Industry Composition

Accounting for 58% of the local business economy, the top three industry sectors are: Trade Trans Util, Manufacturing, and Edu Health svcs. These industry sectors create the bulk of the jobs and earnings that power the local economy. Longer-term trends that impact these sectors will have an enduring effect on the local economy.

Market Demographics

Compared to the US, Iowa City, IA metro market has a higher incidence of poverty and the local population has more purchasing power. There are more high school graduates and a larger proportion of the population is college educated. Lastly, the local population is less diverse than the overall US population. A Demographics Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the factor being more intense in the local market versus the national average. Characteristics of the local population is a longer-term factor that influences the housing market.