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North Liberty To Celebrate 100 Years and Huge City Growth

NORTH LIBERTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--It's a centennial celebration this weekend in North Liberty.

As the city prepares to mark its 100 year anniversary, officials say one of the biggest surprises is the population growth.

North Liberty went from 5,000 residents to more than 13,000 in 2010, according to the census bureau and city officials say it's even more now

Kim Wyatt has lived in north liberty for 14 years.

She says she can't think of a better city to call home.

"You can go for a walk in the evenings and you know your neighbors,” she said.

That's despite the fact that more and more people are moving to town.

"We were a population 200 when we were incorporated and we are now about a population 16,000--which is a huge growth,” said assistant city administrator Tracey Mulcahey.

Longtime residents like Wyatt say the continual changes to the community add to its appeal.

"It's really exciting just even in the last 15 years to see the changes that have happened in the city just even in this neighborhood, she said.

Over the past few years, the city has seen a huge boom from new restaurants to shopping centers and even parks. It's a growth city officials say is abound to continue.

“2012 was a record year with building permits even above 2006 which had been our record to date and 2013 is on track to exceed that even what 2012 did,” Mulcahey said.

To celebrate their centennial, the city will have fireworks tonight and a concert tomorrow.

Residents seem to agree that things can only get better from here.

"It doesn't seem to me that anything's just been for the moment, Wyatt said.

For anyone who would like the see tonight's fireworks show, city officials say the best location to view it is North Quail Ridge Park.

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