About Ely

About Our City

Ely, Iowa (pop: 2,074) is a progressive community located in the thriving Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor. Ely has been welcoming new citizens to its neighborhoods in record numbers and the city has undergone tremendous growth over the last couple decades. Even with the influx of new residents, the community has not forgotten its past. Many of the historical buildings are still standing in Ely’s historic Dows Street business district and City Hall’s residence at the old Ely School House. Both areas are included on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.