We work. We play. We kid.
North Liberty is a thriving, young community; a family-friendly small town but with easy access to big-city amenities in the heart of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids region.
We work, at the headquarters of local media, regional financial and national transportation companies, and with solar energy and tech startups and entrepreneurs getting their big ideas off the ground.
North Liberty is a place where we play, as home to sweeping sunsets over backyards and open fields, ice cream on the way home from baseball after school, miles of trails and acres of parks.
We grow, with new schools and new residents, with rain gardens and heart, and from toddlers to teenagers.
And we kid, with great schools, recreation and library programs and with each other at work, at school and on the patio at the local restaurant.
North Liberty is home to neighbors you know and people you love, and a place near Hawkeye sports, world-class healthcare, performing arts and shopping in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
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.
Industrial & Commercial
North Liberty, with the assistance of area development groups such as ICAD, 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 flourishing banking, transportation 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, James Van Allen, Christine Grant 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 North Central Junior High and Liberty High School. There are other small, private schools throughout the county. Learn more about local schools.
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 rebuilt Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City attract world-class performances to the area.
Every July, North Liberty Blues & BBQ brings live blues, mouthwatering barbecue, and free fun for kids of all ages. Each winter, Beat the Bitter encourages guests to embrace winter like a Norseman with outdoor games and good cheer.
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 two full-size gyms, a walking/running track, kitchen, meeting rooms and aquatics center. Recreation programs and a variety of community events make this facility a gathering place for citizens of all ages.
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.
The city maintain more than 20 miles of trails year around, and connects to the Iowa River Scenic Trail system, through Sugar Bottom to Solon 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 Ranshaw Way, is a nine-hole golf course.