North Liberty, Iowa

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North Liberty, Iowa
City
North Liberty
North Liberty
Official seal of North Liberty, Iowa
Seal
Location of North Liberty, Iowa
Location of North Liberty, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°44′35″N 91°36′28″W / 41.74306°N 91.60778°W / 41.74306; -91.60778Coordinates: 41°44′35″N 91°36′28″W / 41.74306°N 91.60778°W / 41.74306; -91.60778
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Johnson
Incorporated 1913
Government
 • Type Council-manager government
 • Mayor Terry L. Donahue
 • City Administrator Ryan Heiar
Area[1]
 • Total 7.83 sq mi (20.28 km2)
 • Land 7.83 sq mi (20.28 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 781 ft (238 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 13,374
 • Estimate (2013[3]) 14,971
 • Density 1,708.0/sq mi (659.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52317
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-57360
GNIS feature ID 0465945
Website http://www.northlibertyiowa.org/

North Liberty is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It is a suburb of Iowa City and part of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

As of a special census in 2015, the city population was 18,299. From 2000 to 2010, North Liberty was the second fastest-growing town in Iowa.

History[edit]

The North Liberty area was first settled in 1838 by John Gaylor and Alonzo C. Dennison. It was originally known as "Big Bottom" or "North Bend" (in reference to its location near the bend of the Iowa River) by its earliest settlers and was later known as "Squash Bend" before the city was platted as North Liberty in 1857.[4]

North Liberty incorporated on November 10, 1913, when its population was approximately 190.[5] Population growth accelerated in the 1960s, and the Iowa City Community School District opened Penn Elementary there in 1961. A 1967 special census placed the city's population at 782. The population grew to over 2,000 by 1980, and in response in 1984 the North Liberty Community Library [1] was founded and Penn Meadows Park, the city's largest, was opened. By 2000, the population of the city was over 5,000 and the city had established its own police and fire departments, and built a community center with library and aquatic park, as well as a city administration building. The city has since continued to grow, with a population of 7,224 in a 2004 special census. In 2007, the population was estimated to be 10,982, making North Liberty the second fastest-growing city in Iowa.[4][6] According to the 2010 U.S. census the population of North Liberty had increased to 13,374.

Geography[edit]

North Liberty is located at 41°44′35″N 91°36′28″W / 41.74306°N 91.60778°W / 41.74306; -91.60778 (41.743029, -91.607807).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.83 square miles (20.28 km2), all of it land.[1]

North Liberty is located on the Iowan erosion surface. Drivers on I-380 experience an abrupt transition from the muted topography of the Iowan surface to the rolling hills of the Southern Iowa drift plain 4 miles south of North Liberty.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

James Van Allen Elementary
Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1920 171 —    
1930 161 −5.8%
1940 282 +75.2%
1950 309 +9.6%
1960 334 +8.1%
1970 1,055 +215.9%
1980 2,046 +93.9%
1990 2,926 +43.0%
2000 5,367 +83.4%
2010 13,374 +149.2%
2015 15,931 +19.1%
[8]
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 13,374 people, 5,492 households, and 3,262 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,708.0 inhabitants per square mile (659.5/km2). There were 5,761 housing units at an average density of 735.8 per square mile (284.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.2% White, 4.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 5,492 households of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.6% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 29.2 years. 28.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 44% were from 25 to 44; 15.3% were from 45 to 64; and 3.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 5,367 people, 2,259 households, and 1,400 families residing in the city. The population density was 791.9 people per square mile (305.6/km²). There were 2,377 housing units at an average density of 350.7/sq mi (135.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.38% White, 1.53% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.38% of the population.

There were 2,259 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

26.8% are under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 43.9% from 25 to 44, 13.8% from 45 to 64, and 4.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

Education[edit]

A majority of North Liberty residents live within the boundaries of the Iowa City Community School District, while the area west of Jones Boulevard (and the Deerfield Subdivision) belongs to the Clear Creek Amana Community School District.[11]

Public schools in or serving students from North Liberty include the following:

  • From the Iowa City Community School District:
  • From the Clear Creek Amana Community School District:
    • North Bend Elementary
    • Clear Creek Amana Middle School (Tiffin)
    • Clear Creek Amana High School (Tiffin)

Heritage Christian School is a nondenominational Christian school in North Liberty, Iowa, for students that are in pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. It was founded in 1992.[citation needed]

Infrastructure[edit]

The sewage from the city is treated at a modern and sophisticated treatment plant using Membrane Bio-Reactor(MBR) technology followed by UV sterilization. It is designed to be able to discharge more than 2 million gallons of high quality effluent to Muddy Creek each day.

VLBA Node[edit]

The radio telescope located northeast of North Liberty (41°46′17.13″N 91°34′26.88″W / 41.7714250°N 91.5741333°W / 41.7714250; -91.5741333; designation "NL") on Mehaffey Bridge Road is one of ten dishes comprising the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA).

Notable person[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ a b City of North Liberty. "North Liberty, Iowa" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  5. ^ City of North Liberty. "Wastewater Department". Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  6. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Subcounty Population Estimates". Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "United States Census estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "City of North Liberty Schools". City of North Liberty. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 

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