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
    273
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    23
    41
  • Robbery
    82
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    757
    525
  • Theft
    2,818
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    227
    263

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 overall a great place to grow up. The public school systems are great and encourage students to succeed. Safety is not a concern as crime has been low and continues that way. Families have plenty to do here as there are many parks, events, shops, and restaurants in town. The town is affordable with a wide range of living choices available. Large companies like Quaker Oats and Rockwell Collins provide jobs and commuting is quick and easy. However, Cedar Rapids lacks a lively nightlife, although downtown is quickly becoming a nighttime hangout. In addition, Cedar Rapids is not diverse as the majority of residents are white.