A report by 24/7 Wall Street stated the city of Iowa City is among those “drunkest” from the country, but it is not a record that everybody is buying in to.
Breaking the top 20 cities, Iowa City is sold in in 13th. The report asserts that a fourth drink or of adults binge drink too at 23 percent up from the nationwide average of 18 percent. Iowa City is not the only Iowa city ranked: Dubuque is ranked 14th and Ames in 19th.
24/7 Wall Street stated it assesses self-reported data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in determining the record. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation identifies itself as “the nation’s biggest public health philanthropy” and states it is dedicated to improving health nationwide.
On the other hand, the high heeled is not something Angela Winnike, the Nighttime Mayor of Iowa City, thinks is an accurate depiction of the city.
“I think Iowa City has a lot more to offer than simply drinking, and that I think our community knows. And then the more people hear stories like this, or see posts like this, it kind of feeds to this misperception of what Iowa City has to offer,” she said.
Winnike stated she considers Iowa City is not much different compared to other college towns. She believes the misperception of the city comes from prior to the 21-ordinance was put into effect in 2010, which barred people under the age of 21 from being at pubs after 10 p.m.
“It was a destination for underage drinkers and we’ve changed that and we’ve worked on this so much,” Winnike stated. “The actions downtown and the way in which they enjoy our nightlife has changed ever since we passed on the 21-ordinance.”
The University of Iowa was ranked, for several years, as among the top “party schools”, as stated by the Princeton Review. It is a culture that the university has been working to undo. Right now, the record is still made by the UI, but has fallen from the top 10 in 11.
Elizabeth Peck attended the University of Iowa and has lived in Iowa City for several years, also also she sides with Winnike on the Situation.
“I think it’s an over-exaggeration,” Peck said. “I really don’t get that vibe when I come downtown… and I have been downtown a range of times.”
A listing of 24/7 Wall Street’s record state-by-state are available here.