For those looking to move to Iowa, a website called Livability recently named Cedar Rapids as one of the best and most affordable cities in the state. Our restaurants, culture, education, history and nature all make Cedar Rapids an awesome place to hang your hat in Iowa. Here are some of the 12 factors they listed:

 

  • 1

    Cost of Living and Affordable Housing

    You might see this and say, "yeah, try paying my bills and mortgage and tell me how affordable it is". But, by comparison to other places, it is. The article states residents here pay 24 percent of their income on housing, which is below average.

  • 2

    Education

    Iowa is almost always at, or near the top of the list when it comes to the best education system. Despite the unfortunate recent announcement of teaching cuts, Cedar Rapids is one of the best in our top-notch state for education.

  • 3

    State-of-the-Art Downtown Life

    It's no surprise this is a criteria. With four live entertainment venues, a thriving downtown business and housing community, and dozens of existing restaurants and bars (not to mention the new ones popping up constantly), downtown Cedar Rapids is always ranked high among people who visit and keep track of the best downtown districts.

  • 4

    The Farmers' Market

    We love our signature Farmers' Market, which also takes place downtown every summer. Check out market details and this year's schedule here.

  • 5

    Opportunities to Connect With Nature

    We have lots of city parks to enjoy and you can take a leisurely stroll on the walking trails that accompany many of them. Some outdoor spots like Indian Creek Nature Center and Noelridge Park with its greenhouse, even provide educational opportunities.