Center Point

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Summary

Center Point is a small town in Linn County in Eastern Iowa along the Cedar River that is proud of the many amenities it offers residents, despite its population of just over 2,500 people. Major employers in Center Point are in the manufacturing and healthcare industries, although most residents commute. For those who enjoy nature, Center Point connects to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail and offers other recreational opportunities.

Transportation

Center Point residents enjoy a 1.5-mile walking trail at Foss Park, the trails and amenities at nearby Blue Creek Nature Area, and the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, a 67-mile trail that connects the Linn County Metro area with Waterloo, passing through Center Point. Center Point is rated ‘somewhat’ walkable. The average one-way commute for Center Point residents is 24.9 minutes, compared to the national average of 24.6, and most errands require a car.

Activity & Entertainment

Center Point boasts several city parks, churches, a public library, great schools, and a bustling business district. Residents love the peaceful atmosphere, and the strong sense of community in Center Point, but also like being within easy reach of the bigger cities of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Center Point is served by the Center Point-Urbana Community School District, a highly rated district.

History

Eastern Iowa, including the area around Center Point, was once home to the Sac and Fox tribes until 1833, when the tribes ceded the land and began to vacate it. European settlers soon followed, living side by side with the natives for a few decades as the settlement, fist called McGonigle’s Point after two early settlers, grew quickly adding a general store, a hotel, and even schools. At the time the village was platted, the name was changed to Centre Point, and later the spelling was changed to Center Point. In 1873, the railroad came to town and two years later, the town had grown enough to need a larger school. By the 1950s, most residents had taken jobs in nearby Cedar Rapids, and Center Point had become a ‘bedroom community’. In the 1970s, the former railroad was converted into the Cedar Valley Nature Trail despite some controversy and was dedicated by Governor Branstad in 1984 and is now part of the Discovery Trail Across America.


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