About This Place
West Branch is a city in Cedar and Johnson counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 2,342 as of July 2009, a 7% growth since the 2000 census. It is the birthplace of the only American president born in Iowa, Herbert Hoover.
The Johnson County portion of West Branch is part of the Iowa City, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The city of West Branch was first settled in the mid-19th century by Quakers from Ohio. Its name is derived from the meeting place of the West Branch Quakers, and the location of the city on the west branch of the Wapsinonoc Creek. Most of Main Street is part of the West Branch Commercial Historic District.