The City of North Liberty is a thriving community in the heart of Iowa’s Creative Corridor, located just north of Coralville and Iowa City and south of Cedar Rapids. According to the special census taken in 2015, North Liberty has seen growth of about 37 percent since 2010 and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state with more than 18,000 residents.
When the early settlers built their homes along a fertile wooded valley of the Iowa River, the area was called Squash Bend, Big Bend and later North Bend. It wasn’t until 1913 that the town was incorporated as North Liberty. Historically known as a bedroom community, North Liberty became a progressive, “full-service” community during the 1990s. We now offer residents options for local employment, medical and professional services, restaurants, grocery stores, parks, a community and recreation center, library and senior citizen facilities.
North Liberty’s population remained around 300 until the 1960s, when it reached 800. In 1981, the population was 2,046. The 2010 census reported the city’s population to be 13,374, making North Liberty the second-fastest-growing city in Iowa. North Liberty has continued to grow. A special census conducted in 2015 put our population at 18,299.
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North Liberty, with the assistance of area development groups such as ICAD and Priority One, has taken an active role in attracting business and industry. We offer tax incentive programs and help make state and local funding available to companies who wish to locate in North Liberty. More than 700 manufacturing jobs are now available in our community. The market for commercial and retail positions has improved as well. There are over 200 active businesses in North Liberty, ranging in operation from cottage industries to large manufacturers. North Liberty has a flourishing banking and biotechnology industries, since the city’s proximity to the University of Iowa provides abundant resources for medical research and a well-educated, experienced pool of employees for such ventures.
Most elementary students in North Liberty attend Penn, Buford Garner, Van Allen or North Bend elementary schools. Most of the City limits are in the Iowa City Community School District, but children west of Jones Boulevard attend school in the Clear Creek Amana School District. Older students attend Northwest Junior High and West High School in Iowa City, though the district has plans to build its third high school in north liberty in the next several years. Busing is also available to Regina elementary and high school, a parochial school in Iowa City. There are other small, private schools throughout the county.
In 1986 North Liberty opened its first library in the City Hall building. In 1996 the Community Center was built, and then expanded in 2004 and again in 2013. The Community Library’s recent expansion gives it is now housed in 18,000-square-foot section of this building. The Community Center’s Recreation Department offers a variety of informative craft and leisure classes in addition to sports leagues, fitness programs, and aquatics.
North Liberty’s proximity to Iowa City and Cedar Rapids means a variety of theater, art, dance, music and other cultural events are only a few minutes away. Venues such as the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids and soon-to-be-rebuilt Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City attract world-class performances to the area.
Every year, North Liberty Blues & BBQ brings live blues, mouthwatering barbecue, and free fun for kids of all ages.
North Liberty is located within two miles of Interstate 80 and is located on Interstate 380, known as the Avenue of the Saints, within minutes of the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids metro areas.
The CRANDIC Railway runs through town and provides access to the national railway system.
The Eastern Iowa Airport, located just south of Cedar Rapids, is a convenient 15-minute drive from North Liberty.
The North Liberty Community Center houses 19,000 square feet of recreation area. Facilities include a full-size gymnasium, game room, walking/running track, kitchen and meeting rooms. Recreation programs and a variety of community events make this facility a gathering place for citizens of all ages.
In April 2002, North Liberty voters approved a bond referendum to build an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a second gymnasium on the Community Center site. These facilities opened in 2004.
The parks in North Liberty provide facilities for baseball, softball, tennis, horseshoes and more. Many parks include picnic tables or shelters and children’s playground equipment.
There is a 2.3 mile recreation trail that begins just north of the Community Center on Penn Street. This trail extends south to the City limits where it connects to the Iowa River Scenic Trail system and gives direct access to Coral Ridge Mall. North Liberty’s extensive trail system also connects south to Iowa City along Dubuque Street and on towards Solon.
North Liberty is just a few miles away from Coralville Lake, Lake MacBride State Park, the MacBride Nature Recreation Area and F.W. Kent Park. Quail Creek Golf Course, located on Highway 965, is a public, nine-hole golf course.