About Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids is a vibrant city, encompassing unique attractions, exciting events, specialty shopping, a dynamic arts scene, and a cosmopolitan nightlife.

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As the second largest city in Iowa, Cedar Rapids is…

  • The largest corn-processing city in the world
  • The second largest producer of wind energy in the United States
  • One of the leading manufacturing regions in the United States
  • One of the leading bio-processing and food ingredient centers in North America
  • One of a few cities in the world with government offices located on an island

Cedar Rapids is home to almost 300 different manufacturing plants and two dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Rockwell Collins, General Mills, and Quaker Oats.


Named All-American City in 2014. (Source: National Civic League, June 2014)

Named #4 Best Cities for Kids in 2014. (Source: Livibility.com, May 2014)

#30 Smartest City In America in 2013. (Source: Lumosity)

Cedar Rapids is ranked #1 in Iowa for Top 100 Best Places to Live and #30 in the nation in Livability.com's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" ranking. (Source: Livability.com, October 2014)

Cedar Rapids is ranked #9 for Top 10 Best Places to Retire 2013 in Livability.com's "Top 10 Best Places to Retire" ranking. (Source: Livability.com, November 2013)

Cedar Rapids is one of America's Best Cities on the Rise, according to Smarter Travel. We ranked #11 as an exceptional, up-and-coming destination offering more than meets the eye. (Source: Smarter Travel.com, September 2012)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Best Places for Business & Careers, according to Forbes magazine. Our city is ranked #33 out of the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., based on cost of doing business, job growth, education, employment, housing and quality of life. (Source: Forbes.com, June 2012)

Cedar Rapids is one of Milken Institute's 2011 Best Performing Cities. We are ranked #13, up 15 spots from the previous year. This index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. (Source: Milken Institute, December 2011)