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Overview

Introduction to Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, one of Iowa's largest cities, lies in the eastern part of the state, about 28 miles north of Iowa City and 125 miles northeast of the state capital of Des Moines. As the county seat of Linn County, Cedar Rapids serves as the regional hub of Eastern Iowa due to its proximity to several large metropolitan areas and major interstate highways. Interstate I-380 bisects the city, which is also serviced by U.S. Routes 30, 151, and 218 and by Iowa State Highways 13 and 100. Regional air transportation is provided by the Eastern Iowa Airport (formerly known as the Cedar Rapids Municipal Airport).

Cedar Rapids was originally named Rapids City after the rapids on the Cedar River. Incorporated in 1849, the city began to grow economically with the arrival in 1871 of T. M. Sinclair, who established one of the nation's largest meat packing companies. Other major local industries soon followed, including Cherry-Burrell and the Quaker Oats company. During this same period, many of the city's arts and educational institutions were formed; among them Greene's Opera House and the Cedar Rapids Business College. Private enterprise continued into the first half of the 20th century with the formation of the Collins Radio Company, which began as a tiny electronics firm and grew to become a leader in the industrial radio business. The company, which supplied electronic equipment to all branches of the armed services during World War II, became a part of Rockwell Collins in 1973 and evolved into a major regional employer. Today the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area is a telecommunications hub, who's "Technology Corridor" is one of the leading centers in the country for the defense electronics industry. The city is widely considered to be the manufacturing capital of Iowa.

Cedar Rapids is known as the "City of Five Seasons." This unique designation pays tribute to the changing seasons in the city's Midwestern landscape and the perception that taking the time to appreciate everyday beauty extends life in the same way as if an extra season were added to every year. The city's community atmosphere extends to neighboring municipalities in Linn County, which include Marion (to the northeast), Hiawatha (to the north), and Mount Vernon (to the east).

Points of Interest in Cedar Rapids

A notable early summer event in Cedar Rapids is the annual Freedom Festival. Held during the months of June and July, the 16-day event features concerts, parades, races, educational opportunities and many other attractions. Cedar Rapids is also home to several artistic, cultural, and entertainment sites which can be enjoyed year-round. The African American Historical Museum & Cultural Center of Iowa offers exhibits on the history of African Americans in the United States, with special emphasis on Iowa. The Carl & Mary Koehler History Center, which began in 1969 as the Linn County Historical Museum Association, chronicles the history and heritage of Linn County. Other local attractions include:

  • The Indian Creek Nature Center: A 210-acre site providing environmental education for all ages
  • Ushers Ferry Historic Village: Re-creates a small Iowa town as it was 100 years ago
  • The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
  • The National Czech & Slovak Museum
  • Grant Wood Studio
  • The Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra
  • Iowa Masonic Library & Museum
  • The Paramount Theatre
  • Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
  • The Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
  • U.S. Cellular Center

Sports fans in Cedar Rapids can root for a local Minor League professional baseball team. The Cedar Rapids Kernels are a Class Single-A team affiliated with Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Kernels play in the Midwest League. Also in town is the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Professional Hockey Club. The RoughRiders are a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team playing in the East Division of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Top-notch NCAA collegiate sports action can be found 30 minutes away in Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa and its athletic teams known as the Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes are a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Demographics

People

Total Population129,537
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens13.8%
Employed Population 16+68,424
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married46.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.8%
Median Earnings25+$39,251
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,820
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,136

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,033
% Above Poverty Level88.6%
% Below Poverty Level11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone33.4%
Median Gross Rent$711
Median House Value$136,700

Ancestry

German34.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.7%
Irish15%
English8.7%
Czech6.8%
Norwegian3.9%
French Except Basque2.4%
Dutch2.2%
Swedish2.2%
Italian1.9%
Polish1.7%
Scottish1.6%
Danishn1%
African0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Arab0.5%
Swiss0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Russian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Bulgarian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Finnish0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Croatian0.1%
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Cedar Rapids Almanac

CategoryValue
County Linn County
Standard Zip Codes52401, 52402, 52404, 52405, 52411, 52403
P.O. Box Zip Codes52406, 52407, 52408, 52409, 52410
Company Zip Codes52497, 52498, 52499
Phone Area Codes319
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.97
Approximate Longitude-91.66

Cedar Rapids Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCEDAR RAPIDS NO 1
Distance3.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 28 F
Apr Temp39 to 62 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.6 inches
StationANAMOSA 1 WNW
Distance19.2 miles
Jan Temp7 to 27 F
Apr Temp36 to 60 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip35.3 inches
StationVINTON
Distance21.3 miles
Jan Temp9 to 26 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ely2,133$103,158
Fairfax2,418$103,750
Hiawatha7,160$52,174
Marion37,198$83,703
Palo1,036$80,417
Robins3,434$132,125

Cedar Rapids Public Libraries

Cedar Rapids Public Library
450 FIFTH AVE SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(319) 261-7323

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Cedar Rapids Hospitals

St. Luke's Methodist Hospital
(Non-profit)
1026 A Avenue Ne
(319) 369-7211
Mercy Medical Center
(Non-profit)
701 10th Street Se
(319) 398-6011

Cedar Rapids Public Schools

Metro High School
1212 7th St Se
ZIP: 52401
(319) 558-2193
High
Total Enrollment 374
Arthur Elementary School
2630 B Ave Ne
ZIP: 52402
(319) 558-2264
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Bowman Woods Elementary School
151 Boyson Rd Ne
ZIP: 52402
(319) 447-3240
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Franklin Middle School
300 20th St Ne
ZIP: 52402
(319) 558-2452
Middle
Total Enrollment 663
Garfield Elementary School
1201 Maplewood Dr Ne
ZIP: 52402
(319) 558-2169
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Harding Middle School
4801 Golf St Ne
ZIP: 52402
(319) 558-2254
Middle
Total Enrollment 807
John F Kennedy High School
4545 Wenig Rd Ne
ZIP: 52402
(319) 558-2251
High
Total Enrollment 1749
Kenwood Elementary School
3700 E Ave Ne
ZIP: 52402
(319) 558-2273
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Pierce Elementary School
4343 Marilyn Dr Ne
ZIP: 52402
(319) 558-2373
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
Wright Elementary School
1524 Hollywood Blvd Ne
ZIP: 52402
(319) 558-2278
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Erskine Elementary School
600 36th St Se
ZIP: 52403
(319) 558-2364
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
George Washington High School
2205 Forest Dr Se
ZIP: 52403
(319) 558-2161
High
Total Enrollment 1364
Grant Wood Elementary School
645 26th St Se
ZIP: 52403
(319) 558-2467
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Johnson Elementary School
355 18th St Se
ZIP: 52403
(319) 558-2174
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Mckinley Middle School
620 10th St Se
ZIP: 52403
(319) 558-2348
Middle
Total Enrollment 535
Grant Elementary School
254 Outlook Dr Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 558-2020
Primary
Total Enrollment 379
Prairie Creek
401 76th Avenue Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 848-5310
Middle
Total Enrollment 811
Prairie Crest Elementary School
401 76th Ave Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 848-5280
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Prairie Edge
401 76th Ave Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 298-3406
Other
Total Enrollment 50
Prairie Heights Elementary School
401 76th Ave Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 848-5230
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
Prairie High School
401 76th Ave Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 848-5340
High
Total Enrollment 1050
Prairie Hill Elementary School
401 76th Avenue Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 848-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 483
Prairie Point
8015 Kirkwood Blvd
ZIP: 52404
(319) 848-5500
Middle
Total Enrollment 1181
Prairie Ridge Elementary
401 76th Avenue Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 848-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Prairie View Elementary School
401 76th Ave Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 848-5260
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Taylor Elementary School
720 7th Ave Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 558-2477
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Thomas Jefferson High School
1243 20th St Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 558-2435
High
Total Enrollment 1516
Van Buren Elementary School
2525 29th St Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 558-2377
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Wilson Middle School
2301 J St Sw
ZIP: 52404
(319) 558-2156
Middle
Total Enrollment 368
Cleveland Elementary School
2200 1st Ave Nw
ZIP: 52405
(319) 558-2463
Primary
Total Enrollment 402
Coolidge Elementary School
6225 1st Ave Sw
ZIP: 52405
(319) 558-2167
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Harrison Elementary School
1310 11th St Nw
ZIP: 52405
(319) 558-2269
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Hoover Elementary School
4141 Johnson Ave Nw
ZIP: 52405
(319) 558-2369
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Jackson Elementary School
1300 38th St Nw
ZIP: 52405
(319) 558-2471
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Madison Elementary School
1341 Woodside Dr Nw
ZIP: 52405
(319) 558-2473
Primary
Total Enrollment 280
Roosevelt Middle School
300 13th St Nw
ZIP: 52405
(319) 558-2153
Middle
Total Enrollment 566
Taft Middle School
5200 E Ave Nw
ZIP: 52405
(319) 558-2243
Middle
Total Enrollment 588
Truman Elementary School
441 West Post Rd Nw
ZIP: 52405
(319) 558-2375
Primary
Total Enrollment 275
Viola Gibson Elementary School
6101 Gibson Dr Ne
ZIP: 52411
(319) 558-2920
Primary
Total Enrollment 488

Cedar Rapids Private Schools

Good Shepherd Lutheran School
2900 42nd St Ne
ZIP: 52402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
Isaac Newton Christian Academy
1635 Linmar Dr Ne
ZIP: 52402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 222
Regis Middle School
735 Prairie Dr Ne
ZIP: 52402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 454
St Matthew School
2244 1st Ave Ne
ZIP: 52402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 219
St Pius X Elementary School
4901 Council St Ne
ZIP: 52402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 397
Summit Schools
1010 Regent St Ne
ZIP: 52402
Elementary
Total Enrollment 62
All Saints Parish School
720 29th St Se
ZIP: 52403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 189
Cedar Valley Christian School
3636 Cottage Grove Ave Se
ZIP: 52403
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 210
Tanager Place School
2309 C St Sw
ZIP: 52404
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 22
Trinity Lutheran School
1361 7th Ave Sw
ZIP: 52404
Elementary
Total Enrollment 161
Lasalle Middle School - Holy Family
3700 1st Ave Nw
ZIP: 52405
Elementary
Total Enrollment 445
Jn Andrews Christian Academy
2773 Loggerhead Rd
ZIP: 52411
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Xavier High School
6300 42nd St Ne
ZIP: 52411
Secondary
Total Enrollment 750
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