Granger is an emerging community that has experienced significant growth in the first decade of the twenty-first century that is expected to continue into the future. While Granger was founded on a strong basis of agricultural and mineral resources, the past century has seen the city transform into a supporting contributor to the larger metropolitan area. The city has a dynamic position in relationship to the environmental amenities and vibrant civic/cultural features of Central Iowa. Demand for development presents wide-ranging opportunities for the city that shall make the Granger area a unique recreational destination. With the support of a new economic base, the residential-based community shall continue its growth in a progressive manner. The City of Granger Comprehensive Plan provides an inclusive vision of the city’s future.
Granger is located close to the center of Iowa and about 15 miles northwest of Des Moines. Granger’s corporate boundaries lay in both Dallas and Polk counties. The existing major transportation thoroughfares that access the City of Granger are Iowa Highways 17, 141, and 415. Additionally, County Highways F31 and R30 provide access through the City of Granger. Numerous paved and unpaved county roads service all directions of ingress/egress. Presently, the City of Granger has three primary, two secondary, five tertiary, and three future entrances.
Granger has 1.45 square miles of land area. As of 2010, the total Granger population is 1,244, which has grown 113.38% since 2000, the sixth fastest growing community in the State of Iowa. The population growth rate is much higher than the state average rate of 4.10% and is much higher than the national average rate of 9.71%. This rapid population growth indicates Granger is a developing community.
The statistical age breakdown reinforces that statement, in that the proportion of young families and their children should be well represented. Twenty-five percent of Granger’s population is between age 35 and 54, while 32% of Granger’s population is under 19 years of age; 25% of the population is 20 to 34 in age, while 9% of the population in 55 to 69 and the final 9% of the population is 70 years and above. This trend of a younger population base would seem to be opposite of the larger Iowa aggregate.
Granger has a fast-growing public school system for elementary age students with expansion of building and classroom facilities beginning in 2013. A parochial school is also in operation.
Water and sewer services are provided through proprietary systems owned and maintained by the city. Newly installed well fields and water processing plant were put into operation in 2009. A new sewer treatment facility is projected to be in operation by 2015.
Fire and medical services are city owned and all vehicles are recently purchased. Granger supports its own police department which also has recently purchased vehicles.
There are several civic organizations that allow residents to be engaged in community projects, such as the Friends of the Library supporting the Granger Public Library; the Partners of the Park supporting a very active Park and Recreation department; Granger Days committee engaged in planning the city’s annual festival; etc.
The nonprofit Granger Economic Development Association has actively supported and encouraged creating a favorable environment for economic growth. Opportunities for new business and retail operations are potential because of a young workforce population coming from in and around the Granger area; access to major road systems; availability of diverse recreation facilities; highly improved school facilities; dependable city infrastructure and abundant potable water resources; and caring community.
While Granger is poised to embrace growth in population and business, it also offers a small-town atmosphere that is family friendly and economically strong. Come see and . . . Believe it!