Introduction to North Liberty, Iowa

North Liberty, Iowa, in Johnson county, is located 7 miles NW of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center) and is 203 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Iowa City metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Approximately 5,367 people reside in North Liberty.

North Liberty History

The first settlers in North Liberty were John Gaylor and Alonzo C. Dennison in 1838. North Liberty was initially known as North Bend or Big Bottom. It was named as Squash Bend in 1857. North Liberty was incorporated in 1913. At that time it was home to about 190 residents.

North Liberty and nearby Attractions

  • Penn Meadows Park
  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Heritage Museum of Johnson County
  • Iowa Children's Museum

Things To Do In North Liberty

North Liberty residents love to visit the Curtis Hill Indian Museum as well as the Iowa Children's Museum with their kids. The Penn Meadows Park and the Lake MacBride State Park are favorite zones for the tourists as they come with recreational facilities. A major tourist attraction is the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

North Liberty Transportation

The Eastern Iowa Airport is the closest airport.

North Liberty Higher Education

The residents of the city can attend various higher education institutes like University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, University of Northern Iowa, and Augustana College.


Total Population 14,503
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 3.9%
Employed Population 16+ 9,063
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.4%
Median Earnings25+ $45,349
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,345
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,266


Median Family Income $87,719
% Above Poverty Level 91.4%
% Below Poverty Level 8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,003
Median House Value $173,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.5%
US/American 0%
English 11.3%
Irish 14.8%

North Liberty Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 203 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Johnson
Metro Area Iowa City
Standard Zip Codes 52317
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.749
Longitude -91.597

North Liberty Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.6 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Distance 11.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coralville 19,677 $84,067
Iowa City 70,597 $72,806

North Liberty Public Libraries

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