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2013 Census Shows Growth In Johnson County

NORTH LIBERTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The new U.S census report for 2013 shows that nearly two thirds of Iowa counties lost part of their population.

Those that did see some growth were mostly urban counties, one of them being Johnson County.

North Liberty and Coralville have both seen substantial growth in the past few years.

Something they contribute to a great location and attractions.

The 2010 census shows that the average age of north liberty's population is just under 30 and the city continues to grow.

"Between 2000 and 2010 we grew about a 150 percent. We think today that we are close to 16,000 in residents, said North Libertys City Administrator, Ryan Heiar.

Then there's the City of Coralville.

"Coralville is right around the 22,000 thousand population mark, said Mayor John Lundell.

Both seem to be part of the reason why Johnson County is thriving.

The new 2013 census report shows that the county grew by 2 percent and is now home to more than 139,000 people. Thats a 6.3 percent change in population since the 2010 census.

City leaders say there's an explanation for it all.

"We've been very aggressive with our capital improvements plan and making improvements in our streets, water, sewer which I think brings business in, Heiar said.

"Coralville seems to be particularly attractive for new people moving here. We're seeing that happening all the time. Along with businesses. We've seen quite a growth in commercial businesses as well, said Lundell.

Mayor John Lundell says it's the simple things like safety that draw people into the city. 

One being the city's fire department which received a highest in state ranking for quality fire protection.

As for North Liberty they are moving on with plans to annex a 600 acre land for a new high school and other amenities.

Johnson County ranked number two out of Iowas 99 counties when it comes to 2013 population growth.
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