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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Cedar Rapids is a city in Iowa with a population of 131,360. Cedar Rapids is in Linn County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Cedar Rapids offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Cedar Rapids there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Cedar Rapids and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Cedar Rapids are above average.
About Cedar Rapids...
Population
131,360

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$140,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$751
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Cedar Rapids Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    173.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    20.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    61.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    624.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,438.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    272.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Cedar Rapids

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$59,152
National
$55,322
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Growing up in Cedar Rapids I can't fully say all things are positive, I have an ethnic family so my school experience wasn't inherently easy--our neighbors were either elderly or extremely annoying (hello waking up a 9 am to here my neighbors garage band!) It's safe, white, and the average suburban neighborhood.

It's relatively safe as I stated I lived in the suburban middle class sections--but it doesn't take long to reach the shady parts of the neighborhood, my uncle lived about five minutes away and his house was broken into by middle schoolers, so, take that as you will. There's also alot of job opportunities here! Quacker Oats is a huge business for us--so if you like engineering this is the place for you!
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Cedar Rapids is an eclectic place. Regarded as a fairly safe city and surrounding areas, it is a good place for families to reside. There are also several surrounding area schools, so parents have many choices where to send their children to school. Cedar Rapids also has several things to do. Many concerts and events are held at the local U.S. Cellular Center and McGrath Ampatheater all throughout the year, so many to choose from! Local seasonal events are held all throughout the year, such as the farmers market, St. Patricks day parade, Winter parade, and many more. There is always something going on, with many local restaurants, shops, and events, there is something for everyone in Cedar Rapids!
Cedar Rapids is a wonderful place to live.
We have a thriving local economy, and a peaceful and caring community.
Some Public Schools are excellent, some are slightly below average.
Private schools and alternative schooling are top notch.
One highlight here is Iowa BIG, a project based learning program that prepares students for the real world by allowing them to manage their own schedule and responsibilities.
The home school assistance programs allow for very customizing of your learning experience.
The problems reside mainly in the city council and school board, who are extremely out of touch.
Examples: Only recently have road repairs been completed in an acceptable way (after decades), and there are plans to consolidate several perfectly good elementary schools into 3 new mega buildings, while tearing the old ones down. Concerns of traffic congestion and kids feeling lost in much larger environments have been expertly ignored, and the bill was passed under a very misleading title