Business interests began to center around the depot because the railroad offered an outlet to both the north and the south, and because of its proximity to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Burnett soon began planning a village.
A short distant to the south Michael Weislogel, Sr. owned land on which he laid out lots. This development was called "Trentham". It was here that the first general store and post office was built. At the time, state law dictated that a depot and post office in the same community must carry the same name. Consequently, the post office name was changed to "Burnett".
Mail delivery problems soon developed between Burnett and the town of Bennett in Cedar County, Iowa. Mr. "Al" Burnett was forced to change the name of village to "Alburnett".
Alburnett was incorporated in 1912, becoming only incorporated town in the Otter Creek Township. The first elected mayor was C. E. Hense. Mr. Albert Burnett became one of the first councilmen, along with George Anderson, H.N. Rockwood, C.C. Naylor, and F.L. Glitchell.
There were 199 households out of which 47.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the city the population was spread out with 34.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $54,464, and the median income for a family was $61,094. Males had a median income of $41,442 versus $26,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,815. About 3.2% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.
The city council meets at 7:00 P.M. on the second Monday of each month at the Alburnett Fire Station Office, 120 N. Main Avenue.