Cedar Rapids enjoys a nice central location in Eastern Iowa, situated right in the middle of larger cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. It is also the second largest city in the state of Iowa. That being said, homes for sale in the area average only about $133,500. This is well below the national average and makes the area not only appealing but also extremely affordable. Renting is also affordable and availability is high.
Cedar Rapids prides itself on their economic development. Those seeking to live and work in this city will find plenty of choices. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance works together with the community and local businesses with the lofty goal of being the top economic growth area in the United States. This focus on prosperity is shared by the town's Entrepreneurial Development Center that exists to support and connect small businesses with resources to help them to succeed. Jobs aplenty exist in Cedar Rapids, especially in their Downtown and Medical Districts. This area is perfect for people seeking to find career fulfillment and job opportunities.
The city also has so much to do for residents and visitors. Cedar Rapids calls itself the City of Five Seasons. This moniker was created to showcase the town's minimized commuting time. This means that residents have more time to improve their lifestyle instead of spending time in traffic. The idea is that in the city there is extra time to enjoy the seasons and whatever else interests residents. The area also boasts over 74 parks, several golf courses and 6 public swimming pools. The city has arts and culture, festivals, shopping, historic venues, restaurants, breweries, and plenty of outdoor fun. It's a choice spot for conventions and their downtown area was recently revitalized. Named an All-America City (2014), Top 10 Best Places to Retire (2013) and one of the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live (2015), it's hard not to understand the appeal of relocating or living in Cedar Rapids.