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Census reveals rapid growth in Johnson County; North Liberty

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NORTH LIBERTY (KWWL) -

In a county ripe for growth, no city has flourished quicker than North Liberty.

"We grew tremendously, about 150% in the last decade.  We've had some exciting growth here, and that has also come with challenges," said Ryan Heiar, North Liberty city administrator.

Located just off Interstate 380 between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, the city of now more than 13,000 has become an attractive option for homeowners and businesses alike.

"We are placed ideally for folks working in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, but also our quality of life, we have a lot of amenities here," Heiar said.

But the city has seen obstacles too.

The change in population has forced the city to undergo a major construction project on the main highway, expanding Highway 965 from two lanes to five.

The rapid increase has also contributed to the overcrowding of Iowa City West High School, bringing forth talks of adding a third high school in the area.

The growth shows little signs of letting up.

"I think we're going to continue to see growth in The Corridor, and I think North Liberty will be the benefit of a lot of that," Heiar said.

All eleven cities in Johnson County experienced population growth in the last ten years.  Overall the population has jumped close to 18% making it one of the fastest growing areas in the state.

"This North Corridor and the University community has attracted a lot of people to the Iowa city, Johnson county area," said Mark Kistler, Johnson County Deputy Auditor.

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