Mount Vernon, located 13 miles east of Cedar Rapids, was recently one of ten towns featured as America's Coolest Small Towns by Budget Travel magazine. With a population close to 5,000, Mount Vernon has put its place on the map through the arts, eclectic shops, and annual "Chalk the Walk" sidewalk-chalk festival. Three national historic districts await you in Mount Vernon including all of Cornell College's campus, the downtown shopping district, and an old neighborhood of Victorian homes.
This charming town also has plenty to offer outdoors with hiking and camping available at nearby Palisades-Kepler State Park, community park and recreation programs, and Mount Vernon Community School District extra-curricular activities. The school district welcomes families from not only within the city limits of Mount Vernon, but several towns throughout the countryside as well culminating an average class size of 19 at Washington Elementary and 23 at Mount Vernon High School.