Cedar Rapids has made the top 10 for a second consecutive year and we've moved up from 2015.

Livability.com has chosen Cedar Rapids as the eighth most affordable place to live in the U.S., up from number ten in 2015, and I love what they said about our city: "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."

Here's 2016's Top 10:
10)Bloomington, Illinois
  9)Holland, Michigan
  8)Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  7)Greeley, Colorado
  6)Provo, Utah
  5)Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  4)Round Rock, Texas
  3)Rochester, Minnesota
  2)Bismarck, North Dakota
  1)Huntsville, Alabama

It also notes that Cedar Rapids has a median household income of $54,465 and that we spend less than 24 percent of our annual income on housing and paid about three percent less for utilities last year, than in 2014. Last year's mild winter may be to thank for those lower utility bills.

We're home to more than 24 Fortune 500 companies and almost 300 manufacturing plants. Rockwell Collins, Quaker Oats, General Mills, and so many other great companies call our city home.

Livability describes Cedar Rapids as, "an affordable city that you'd actually want to live in. It offers income equality, robust entertainment options, favorable economic conditions, and ideal consumer spending."

Is Cedar Rapids perfect? No, but then again no place is. However, in my opinion, it is indeed a GREAT to live. I also believe it continues to get better, and that's exciting. I'm glad to call Cedar Rapids home. Next year, let's shoot for top five.

[via Livability.com]