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Well, today I’m going to share with you all, a little bit about the city where I’ve been living in the past months here in the US – North Liberty, Iowa! And guys, the correct pronunciation of this American state is IOWA and not /AI OUA/ alright? IOWA
For those ones who have no idea where Iowa is on the map, it’s a Midwestern state. You’ve probably heard of Chicago, right? Well, Chicago is in another state, which is Illinois but I’d say, North Liberty is pretty close to it, right beside it, around 4h by car – like… driving within the speed limit and not stopping for snacks or anything else. Iowa is right in the middle of the USA, that’s why it’s in the Midwest. LOL
It is bordered by six states; Wisconsin to the northeast, Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, Nebraska to the west, South Dakota to the northwest, and Minnesota to the north. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in which to live. Its nickname is the Hawkeye State.
Well, North Liberty is a very small city – there are about 19 thousand people living here but let me tell you a quick story about it:
North Liberty’s population remained around 300 until the 1960s, when it reached 800 people. In 1981, the population was 2,046. The 2010 census reported the city’s population to be 13,374, making North Liberty the second-fastest-growing city in Iowa. Well, it has continued to grow and a special census conducted in 2017 put our population at 19,299.
But I can tell you, North Liberty is also a very large city, with big houses, great gardens and yards and believe me, an awesome infrastructure with everything that you need: great supermarkets, hospitals, department and beauty stores, bars, banks, drugstores, hairdressers, gas station, post office, fire station, police station, jail, journal, schools, university, a college and really yummy restaurants.
The parks here in North Liberty provide facilities for baseball, softball, tennis, horseshoes and more. Many parks include picnic tables or shelters and children’s playground equipment.
There is a 2.3-mile recreation trail that begins just north of the Community Center. This trail extends south to the City limits where it connects to the Iowa River Scenic Trail system and gives direct access to Coral Ridge Mall.
Oh yeah, and I almost forgot to mention… there are really impressive parks here. Yeah, plural form. PARKS, I guess around 23 parks in here. My favorite ones are Freedom Park and also Liberty Center Pond Park. When I used to live in Muscatine, another city near here, I used to exercise in the morning, going from Weedpark to Riverside Park, walking/running by Mississippi River around 4 kilometers of pure nature, seeing squirrels, watching some eagles and hearing ducks and birds. I miss that park a lot!
Since there aren’t many people in the city and it’s pretty large, I must confess it’s very quiet, there’s no traffic at all, no lines in the bank, city hall or supermarkets… The only place where I got a long line, like 3 people ahead of me, was at the movies on a Saturday night.
Another interesting and curious thing is that, 95% of the population of North Liberty owns a car, cause as I’ve mentioned before, everything here is very large and far. And yeah, the prices for used cars are pretty cheap! Last week I saw a very old but awesome convertible BMW for $4500 – if you didn’t understand the price, I’ll tell you in a different way… $ 4,500 (they usually tell the price by breaking it into pairs).
Yep, there’s public transportation as well but it’s not like in a big city. It’s actually a cute minivan that picks up and drops people along the way and it costs just a dollar per one-way ride. The bus drivers are really nice guys, very talkative, gentle and curious, especially when they figure out you’re from another country. How do I know that? Because I wanted to experience that. I wanted to, let’s say, test the public transportation from here.
Well my sweethearts, if I start telling you everything that there’s in North Liberty, or what I like in here, I’ll turn this English Bite into an audiobook instead, maybe I can tell you more about it another day, what do you guys think?
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