The “Jewel of the Prairie” perfectly describes the city of Grinnell. It is truly one of Iowa’s great places to live or to visit. Our city is beautiful, historic, cultural, economically diverse and welcoming. Known as a center for education and progressive thought, it is also a community where volunteerism and service to others aren’t just spoken words but are a common practice.
This city, from its founding, has been a center of education. It is the home of Grinnell College, consistently ranked as one of the best four-year liberal arts colleges in the United States. The Grinnell-Newburg public school system is second to none, and Grinnell boasts of an excellent community college as well.
Grinnell earned the title of “One of America’s Prettiest Painted Places” because of its many colorful Victorian-era houses in the Historic District, but all over town, one will note well-kept exteriors and beautiful gardens. Pride of ownership is evident everywhere.
Grinnell has been providing area residents with hospital care since 1901. Our state-of-the-art, regional medical facility is known as a top rural medical center with over 40 active physicians who bring the best possible care to our community.
Grinnell’s vibrant economy reflects its diverse industrial and commercial base. Employers, both large and small, like Grinnell’s skilled and energetic workforce. Retail is strong and stable, filling historic downtown Grinnell with its new and unique jewel-like streetscape, and branching out to the city’s corridors.
Come to Grinnell and experience the “Jewel of the Prairie” for yourself. You’ll be glad you did!
Gordon R. Canfield
Mayor of Grinnell