City Information

Located in northeast Iowa, Waverly is a beautiful, extraordinary community of over 10,000 residents. It is a place where families thrive, and a community where residents enjoy a high quality of life.  Waverly has a vibrant downtown  and is the home of Wartburg College.

Incorporated in 1859, the City was founded along the Cedar River by William Patterson Harmon who is also credited for establishing Waverly as the Bremer County Seat.  Its Sister City is Eisenach, Germany, home of the famed Wartburg castle, from which Wartburg College derived its name.

Waverly’s central business district spans the Cedar River, while numerous other businesses and industries are uniquely nestled throughout the community. An impressive inventory of community assets includes 12 miles of recreational trails, two 18-hole golf courses, a spectacular public library, a top-flight indoor recreation center, an award-winning health center, and abundant cultural opportunities that can only be found in a college town.

Waverly’s downtown is designated as a Main Street Iowa District. The district is home to a quality mix of service businesses, specialty shops, destination stores and restaurants. 

Waverly maintains a focus on balanced growth and is an ideal location for commercial, industrial and corporate headquarters and retail developments. City government and economic development leaders have set the course for a prosperous future through their strong commitment to a safe community, investment in parks, trails and services, and through a unique partnership formed to bring economic success through the creation of employment opportunities and a revitalized downtown.

Learn more about Life in Waverly at Waverly Welcome Home.

Welcome to Waverly. Great schools. Diverse housing options. Robust job market. Top-flight indoor rec center. Outdoor recreation adventures of all kinds. Prestigious Wartburg College. And a safe and welcoming community of people who value the good life in a beautiful place.