Coralville

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Summary

Coralville is a suburb of Iowa City with a population of just over 22,000, located on the western side of the Iowa City metro in southeastern Iowa. Home to the Coralville Mall with over 100 stores and restaurants and an ice-skating rink, The Iowa Children’s Museum, and the Antique Car Museum of Iowa, to name just a few, Coralville is so much more than your typical midwestern suburb! The main employers in Coralville are in the electronics, biotech, and insurance industries, along with many smaller companies, all providing jobs for an educated and diverse workforce.

Transportation

Coralville has over 45 miles of hard-surface recreational trails and extra wide sidewalks connecting different areas of the community. The city is also served by the Coralville Transit system that operates six regular routes and coordinates with both the Iowa City Transit and the Cambus systems to get riders where they need to go all over the area. The average one-way commute for Coralville residents is 19 minutes or less, much shorter than the 26.4 national average, and a car is needed for most errands.

Activity & Entertainment

Coralville residents enjoy a thriving restaurant scene, breweries, trails, golf courses, and entertainment spaces. Sports fans will enjoy the Iowa River Landing development that features the XTream Arena, home of the Iowa Heartlanders, a pro hockey team. For those who enjoy the great outdoors can visit nearby Coralville Lake and the Devonian Fossil Gorge where an ancient seabed reveals its secrets. Coralville proudly celebrates the 4th of July with their annual three-day celebration featuring a parade, free concerts, a carnival, food vendors and fun activities for the whole family. Coralville is served by the Iowa City Community School District and the Clear Creek-Amana School Districts.

History

The community that came to be called Coralville first began to develop after the construction of a dam along the Iowa River, and the mills that made use of the dam’s power. In 1866, the town was named Coralville after Louis Agassiz, a Harvard zoologist spoke at the University of Iowa about the area’s extensive fossil coral reefs. The town was officially incorporated n 1873 with a population of almost 300 people. The community suffered a decline after the mills were closed, but rebounded after World War II when many veterans became students and were attracted to Coralville’s low cost of living and proximity to the University. In the 1950s, the Coralville Dam was built 4 miles upstream of the city by the US Army Corps of Engineers and has prevented most serious flooding downstream since then, except for the floods of 1993 and 2008.


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