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See all the Cedar Rapids Metro has to offer and learn why so many people love it here!

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Life is Better Here…Come Check it Out for Yourself!

Ready for a change of pace? Consider a change in place. Here you can ditch the roommate and own your home (with a yard), forget about that long commute and send your kids to award-winning public schools. Want a better quality of life? We INVENTED the idea.

Need more proof? We got you! Check out why publications around the country agree with us…that life IS better here!

Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S.

Cedar Rapids is ranked among the Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S. in 2023 by Livability Magazine Read more!

#22 Safest City

Cedar Rapids ranked #22 Safest City in America by WalletHub (2022) across three key dimensions: Home & Community Safety, Natural-Disaster Risk and Financial Safety.

Top 50 Best City for Jobs

Cedar Rapids is a Top 50 Best City for Jobs in America in 2023 according to WalletHub. The City reached #44 on a list of cities ranked across job market and socio-economic dimensions. Key metrics included job opportunities, employment growth and outlook, unemployment rate, and more.

#2 City Where Buying a Home is a Good Deal

Business Insider named Cedar Rapids the #2 City Where Buying a Home is a Good Deal (2022) thanks in part to its low median home prices and flourishing arts scene. ranked Cedar Rapids the #10 Best City to Buy a House in America (2022)

#4 Best Midwest City for Millennials

Cedar Rapids ranked #4 Best Midwest City for Millennials by The Ascent (2022) based on cost of living, home prices, homeowners insurance premiums, car insurance premiums and social equity.

#6 in Rental Market & Affordability

Cedar Rapids ranked #6 in Rental Market & Affordability out of 182 of the most-populated U.S. cities, and #11 Best Place to Rent in America by personal finance website WalletHub (2022). Check out the full list here!


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Market After Dark Street View 2023 Livability Cedar Rapids 2024 Cover

Livability Cedar Rapids, IA Magazine

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Evan McGuire, Colin Glandon, and Jennifar Bassett make up the Downtown Cedar Rapids team.

Downtown Cedar Rapids

Downtown Team – Year Round Commitment

May 3, 2024

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Community Development, Downtown Cedar Rapids

Downtown District Announces New Hire

December 21, 2023

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The Gazette

Business Support, Downtown Cedar Rapids, Member Stories, Membership

Gazette celebrates 140 years of community support

February 13, 2023

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Mo Nasraddin with The KETO Kitchen in Downtown Cedar Rapids

Business Support, Downtown Cedar Rapids, Economic Development

The KETO Kitchen Gets Jump Start to Open in Downtown Cedar Rapids

February 3, 2023

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Race for the space

Downtown Cedar Rapids

Building Momentum in Cedar Rapids with “Race for the Space”

June 6, 2022

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