West Branch

West Branch

The city of West Branch is a growing community located on the outer edge of Cedar County along Interstate 80. With just a short driving distance of thirteen miles to Iowa City and 35 miles to Cedar Rapids many more opportunities await. The Eastern Iowa Airport is also just 35 miles away with service of many non-stop flights throughout the United States.

West Branch takes pride in their architectural and cultural heritage.They have 14 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places in their historic downtown. In West Branch you can find services for anything from antiques, veterinary, automotive, banking, and dining. For seven years West Branch has been one of 49 designated districts in the Main Street Iowa family. For more information visit Main Street West Branch.


The West Branch Community School District consists of an elementary, middle and high school. With approximately 350 students the elementary school serves pre-kindergarten-4th graders, and has a 4-year old pre-school with approximately 40 children. The middle school has approximately 180 students from 5th-8th grades that it serves. The high school houses 9th-12th graders and it offers the opportunity to be known as individuals and also become active leaders.

Scattergood Friends School & Farm can also be found in West Branch. Scattergood Friends School is a diverse, college preparatory educational community that promotes the Quaker values. Scattergood Friends School serves 52 students with 28 faculty members.

Population of 2,322

Percentage of Population by Age

  • 13.5% (313 people) - Seniors (65+)
  • 28.4% (659 people) - Boomers (45-65)
  • 18.6% (432 people) - Adults (30-44)
  • 12.4% (288 people) - Young Adults (20-29)
  • 27.1% (630 people) - Children (19 and under)

Median Age Population by Gender

  • Male - 36.8
  • Female - 40.7

Median household income is $42,500. There are 947 households with 612 of those being family households (64.6%). The percent of population in owner occupied units is 78.9% compared to the state of Iowa that has 72.8% and the United States at 65.2%.

West Branch was first settled in the mid-19th century by Quakers from Ohio. The City of West Branch is the birthplace of the United States’ 31st President Herbert Hoover. Visitors can enjoy the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Prairie. With over 70 businesses, some of their leading employers are Schenker Logistics and Acciona Windpower.  The Industrial Park is home to Procter & Gamble, Tidewater Direct, Plastic Products, Wausau, and Brown's Motor Sales.   New businesses that have recently opened or are currently developing sites include Altorfer CAT, Clean Energy, and Casey's General Store.  Sites are available with close proximity to I-80.

For more information about the community, please utilize the following links:

City of West Branch
Main Street West Branch
West Branch Community School District
Scattergood Friends School & Farm

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