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.

Rankings

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 ranked #1 in Iowa for Top 100 Best Places to Live and #29 in the nation in Livability.com's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" ranking. (Source: Livability.com, October 2013)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Top 10 Fourth Economy Communities, according to Fourth Economy Consulting. Linn County is ranked #4 because we are ideally positioned to attract modern investment and managed economic growth. (Source: Fourth Economy Community Index, December 2012)

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 Affordable Homes, according to CNN, Fortune and Money magazine. We ranked #4 for median home price and median family income. (Source: CNNMoney.com, August 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' Job Growth has Topped National Levels by 7 %, according to TIME magazine. We are considered a growing boomtown. (Source: TIME, April 2, 2012)

Cedar Rapids is one of the top 12 Best Cities for High Paying Jobs, according to Kiplinger. We are ranked #7 because of our below-average unemployment and above-average income growth. (Source: Kiplinger, January 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)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Top 25 Cities Where Homes are Affordable, according to Money Magazine. Our city is ranked #11 for median family income and median home price. (Source: CNNMoney and Money Magazine, August 16, 2011)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Top 10 Best Value Cities of 2011, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. Our city is ranked #9, based on average home costs, property tax rates and great amenities. (Source: Kiplinger's Personal Finance, September 2011)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Best Places for Business & Careers, according to Forbes magazine. Our city is ranked #11 out of the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., based on costs, income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. (Source: Forbes.com, June 29, 2011)/

Cedar Rapids is one of the Names You Need to Know in 2011, according to Forbes magazine. Our city is expected to see employment expand 14.2% over the next three years. This is the strongest forecast of any metro area in the country with a population over 100,000. (Source: Forbes.com, October 29, 2010)