Tiffin is a quiet, small Iowa town in Johnson County, approximately eight miles west of Iowa City. It is located in the Clear Creek Amana School District and is home to many parks, several restaurants, and a variety of businesses. Even though Tiffin is currently a small town, it is the fastest growing town of Iowa and developing quickly, with new neighborhood areas being developed each year. Housing is a mix of multi-family homes/apartments, town homes, and single family houses. Sidewalks abound, making family walks an enjoyable evening activity.
Along with a much sought-after small town feel, comes limited amenities, services, and resources. However, it is just a hop, skip, and jump away (approximately 4 miles) from Coralville, where you’ll find many more restaurants, stores, and service. Just inside the city limits of Coralville is the Coral Ridge Mall, which houses the Iowa Children’s Museum, Target, Marcus Theatres, and indoor ice rink.
Even though Tiffin is one of the smaller communities in the area, there is a decent selection of restaurants and places to get food when you don’t want to cook at home.
- Sand volleyball
- Live entertainment
There are three churches located within Tiffin city limits. Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty provide even more options to choose from.
Tiffin may be small, but it boasts a great selection of parks! A couple new neighborhood parks were installed during the summer of 2016 and additions/improvements were made to Tiffin City Park over the last couple of years, including a new concession stand/restroom building, splash pad, tennis courts, and a dog-park. Kent Park is only a few miles west and includes a variety of outdoor activities for the whole family.
Old City Hall/Fire Station Park
Tiffin City Park:
- Splash Pad
- Ball fields
- Soccer fields
- Restroom facilities
- Picnic shelter
- Parking lot
Timber Ridge Nature Trail
F.W. Kent Park (county park between Tiffin and Oxford):
- Walking/hiking trails
- Picnic shelters
Gas Stations/Convenience Stores
There are three gas stations/convenience stores to choose from, all of which also serve whole, cooked pizzas. If you shop at Hy-Vee, a few miles down Highway 6 in Coralville, you can earn a discount on gas at Casey’s!
A new addition to the City of Tiffin is a medical building housing a family practice clinic, physical therapy/rehab, and pharmacy. There’s also a dental office across from the high school.
Tiffin is in the Clear Creek Amana School District, which currently includes four elementary schools (one of which is in Tiffin), a middle school, and a high school. The middle school is also home to the Springmier Community Library, which is open to the public. Construction is currently underway on a fifth elementary school, located next to Tiffin Elementary, slated to open for the 2019-2020 school year.
In addition to the public schools located in Tiffin, there are also three childcare/preschool facilities, as well as Before and After School Programs.
If you’re in need of a place to hold an event or wedding, Bella Sala Event Center is a great place to check out. They have also hosted concerts in the past. This summer, the new and improved Tiffun Creek Fest will be held with lots of activities and events for the whole family.
Other Services of Note
If you are thinking of moving to the Iowa City area and aren’t sure of which part of town to settle in, Tiffin would be a great choice if you’re looking for an area that provides a small-town feel, is full of families, or is an easy drive into the University of Iowa campus.