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Located just 70 miles from the Mississippi River in Eastern Iowa, Cedar Rapids is positioned conveniently and centrally between six of the Midwest's major metropolitan areas: Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Omaha, and St. Louis.

The Cedar Rapids area - considered to be Eastern Iowa's hub - is located on Interstate 380 and U.S. Highways 30, 151 and 218.

As Iowa’s second largest city, Cedar Rapids is the perfect place to host your next event or conference. At the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, we’re always thrilled to tell people about our amazing town.

With more than $1 billion spent for downtown revitalization, there's an exciting energy in Cedar Rapids. We’re watching as historic cultural venues are renovated, unique restaurants and modern spaces emerge, and neighborhoods are renewed.

From the renovated historical Paramount Theatre; to new fine dining at Cobble Hill, Popoli Ristorante and White Star Ale House; and Cedar Rapids was voted one of America's Best Cities on the Rise. Did you know Cedar Rapids has more engineers per capita than any other city in the US? Learn about Cedar Rapid’s rich history.

As the true heart of Eastern Iowa, our 2014 All-America City has world-class arts and culture, family-friendly festivals throughout the year, an ever-growing shopping scene, fabulous restaurants, award-winning wineries and breweries, and endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

With the newest convention space in Iowa—the downtown U.S. Cellular Complex and DoubleTree by Hilton—five full service hotels, and 3,000 rooms throughout the metro area, Cedar Rapids is poised to host convention and events from across the country. Excellent air service, as well as superb highways and interstates, make Cedar Rapids easily accessible from anywhere in the world.

In addition to our many amenities, Cedar Rapids is also …

  • 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
  • Home to almost 300 different manufacturing plants and two dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Rockwell Collins, General Mills, and Quaker Oats.

Rankings and Honors

  • Once again Cedar Rapids was named one of the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live, 2016 by Livability.com. "Cedar Rapids may be the largest corn-processing city in the country, but the city's entertainment offerings, parks and low cost of living make it one of the best affordable cities to live in." (Source Livability.com, Feb. 2016).
  • Plan your next date night now! Cobble Hill has been named Iowa's Most Romantic Restaurant by Town & Country magazine. (Source: Town & Country Jan. 2016)
  • More time to enjoy - Cedar Rapids is #7 in the "Top 10 U.S. Mid-sized Cities With the Shortest Commutes to Work." (Source Safeco Insurance Jan. 2016)
  • Share this with the Millennials in your life! Money Under 30 found 10 cities with affordable housing and above-average salaries for 18- to-34-year-olds and Cedar Rapids ranked #5. We dare you not to find work here. (Source: MoneyUnder30.com, Nov. 2015)
  • Cedar Rapids is ranked #1 in the Best Cities for Children list by SmartAsset! "Cedar Rapids is America's best city for children and by a fairly wide margin. The primary reason for the city’s top ranking is its schools." (Source: SmartAsset, Sept. 2015)
  • Cedar Rapids and Marion have been named Top 10 Most Livable Cities on AARP's Livability Index! Cedar Rapids is No. 7 on the Most Livable list for medium cities due to its innovative programs, such as the program that transforms empty lots into vegetable gardens. Cedar Rapids also ranked No. 4 as one of the Best Cities For Making New Friends because research indicates it's a city where residents look out for family and neighbors, join civic groups and vote often. Marion is No. 9 on the Most Livable list for small cities with researchers referencing its vibrant Uptown Marion neighborhood. (Source: AARP, Apr. 2015).
  • We're happy! Based on low unemployment, low commute times, income, home ownership, proximity to parks and preserves the Cedar Rapids zip code 52411 has been named by Movoto Real Estate as the 5th Happiest ZIP Codes In America! (Source: Movoto Real Estate, Feb. 2015).
  • Cedar Rapids has been named one of the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live (Source: Livability.com, Jan. 2015).
  • At the Movoto Real Estate Blog they know a thing or two about finding a good place to live. And they just named Cedar Rapids #4 on the list of the 10 Best Mid-Sized Cities for Education In America. (Source: Movoto Real Estate Blog, Jan. 2015).
  • Named All-America City in 2014 (Source: National Civic League, June 2014).
  • Designated #4 Best Cities for Kids in 2014 (Source: Livibility.com, May 2014).
  • Ranked #30 Smartest City In America in 2013 (Source: Lumosity).
  • Ranked #1 in Iowa for Top 100 Best Places to Live and 30th in the nation in Livability.com's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" ranking (Source: Livability.com, October 2014).
  • Chosen 9th for Top 10 Best Places to Retire 2013 in Livability.com's "Top 10 Best Places to Retire" ranking (Source: Livability.com, November 2013).
  • Considered one of America's Best Cities on the Rise, according to Smarter Travel. We ranked 11th as an exceptional, up-and-coming destination (Source: Smarter Travel.com, September 2012).
  • Chosen as one of the Best Places for Business & Careers, according to Forbes magazine. Our city is ranked 33rd 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).
  • Selected as one of Milken Institute's 2011 Best Performing Cities. We are ranked 13th, 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).