A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$136,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$695
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%

Cedar Rapids Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    169
    0
  • Murder
    5
    0
  • Rape
    23
    41
  • Robbery
    82
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    757
    1
  • Theft
    2,818
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    227
    0

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$53,581
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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I've lived in Cedar Rapids for my entire life. Although I admittedly haven't explored every nook and cranny, especially because I live on the outer edge of town, several spots stick out to me. We have an OrangeLeaf, a Noodles and Company, and Roscoe's Pizza fairly close to us. The former two are franchises, of course, but the employees and general manager respectively are very helpful and caring. The latter is an independent restaurant, formerly a Tomaso's franchise. Jason there is also very kind and even helped us develop a pizza that featured on the menu once he opened Roscoe's!
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Cedar Rapids is definitely one of the fast delveloping cities from what I have seen. There are lots of friends/family events anyone can join! I especially like their farmers market in downtown. Many different vendors and many choices! It is a bit small than Des Moines downtown farmers market, but still a pretty big size of farmers market than Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty area.
I am thinking that if they get more private/public company offices in downtown area, it will become like miniature chicago downtown in the future! Maybe this is just what i am hoping? 😁
Another thing I like about Cedar Rapids is that the city is not too far from other cities. It takes about 30 mins to iowa city/coralville, 45mins to waterloo, 20mins to Anamosa.
Cedar Rapids is a wonderful, family-friendly community in Iowa. The city is large enough to offer a variety of entertainment options, yet small enough to enjoy a sense of community similar to a small rural town as well as easily commute to any point in town in under 30 minutes. The hard- working, blue-collar residents make excellent neighbors and most neighborhoods feel very safe. The downtown district is an great spot to catch a drink with friends, and the up and coming New-Bo district is a fun spot to take your family. Although Cedar Rapids lacks the diversity of a larger city, you will find the local culture unique and charming.