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Mount Vernon is a city in Linn County, Iowa, United States, adjacent to the city of Lisbon. The city's population was 3,390 when the 2000 census figures were released, but that number was later revised to 3,808 because the Census Bureau had incorrectly reported that 418 residents of a Cornell College dormitory in Mount Vernon lived in the nearby city of Bertram. A special census taken by the city in 2004 counted 4,171 residents. The population was 4,506 at the 2010 census. Mount Vernon is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryMount Vernon was laid out in 1847. It was named after Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. A post office has been in operation in Mount Vernon since 1849.GeographyMount Vernon is located at . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.50sqmi, of which, 3.49sqmi is land and 0.01sqmi is water.The central geographic feature of Mount Vernon is the "mountain" on which it sits. This "mountain" is actually a paha, a ridge formed of sand and loess along the line of the prevailing wind during the ice ages. The Mount Vernon paha is roughly one mile long and 1/4 mile wide, aligned along a roughly northwest to southeast axis and standing up to 100 feet above the surrounding landscape. Uptown Mount Vernon is aligned with the southeast end of the ridge crest, while the campus of Cornell College crowns the northwest end of the ridge.
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