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

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Cedar Rapids Reviews

234 reviews
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I have grown up in this community, I have met all of my wonderful friends and found many chances to launch my career interests. More specifically, Linn-Mar School District is a fantastic school district to grow up in; it holds many opportunities for involvement with a smaller town community feel. Organizations such as Workplace Learning allow students to look for a career path and get experience by working with local companies. Due to the city's real community feel these programs bring people together and allow for a diverse and ever-changing landscape. Cedar Rapids has been a great place to grow up, and I will never forget everything I have gained from my experiences here.
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Cedar Rapids is a great place to live. It has bike trails throughout the city, hiking, water recreation at the Coralville Dam and plenty of parks. The restaurant scene has been expanding in the downtown and Newbo area. There are two private colleges, Coe College and Mount Mercy and also Kirkwood Community College. We have a thriving community theater as well as the historic Paramount theater. Iowa City is a short 23 mile commute where the University of Iowa is located and all it's cultural offerings and sports venues. Cedar Rapids is centrally located between 4 major metropolitan area, Chicago, Saint Louis, Minneapolis and Kansas City which can all be reached by interstate or short flights.
Cedar Rapids is a wonderful city where you can see agriculture life as well as city life in down town Cedar Rapids. I would like to see the roads fixed up because there are many potholes and large gaps where construction workers tried to fill holes. My favorite part of the Cedar Rapids area, especially the down town area, would have to be the crunch berry days at the general mills factory; all anyone can smell is the sugary sweet smell of Captain Crunch Berries.