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-Arts and culture
-Attractive downtown
-Cost of living


-Recent job weakness
-Harsh winters

What Bert Has To Say About Cedar Rapids Metro Area

Cedar Rapids is a typically Midwestern agricultural and industrial center, the center of which is built on an island at the “rapids” of the Cedar River. Downtown is modern in appearance, with attractive parks and waterfront areas. Arts and culture amenities are better than average for a small city, with a symphony and an art museum that holds the largest collection of works by native son Grant Wood. There are a couple of small colleges in town and some minor league sports.

The Czech Village provides an interesting slice of cultural diversity. Nightlife and entertainment are somewhat lacking, but can be found in abundance in Iowa City 20 miles south. Some preferring the smaller rural town life and lower costs live here and work in that more prosperous city. The economy is supported by large agricultural producers (ADM, Quaker Oats and Cargill among others) but also a handful of insurance firms, electrical equipment manufacturer Square D, and an assortment of high tech firms along a corridor leading south towards Iowa City. The industrial presence is strong but the recent employment picture is fairly weak. Overall cost of living is attractive.

The area around Cedar Rapids is mainly agricultural, with areas of wooded hills to the south. The climate is humid continental with four distinct seasons and wide variations in temperature and precipitation. Summers are warm and fairly humid, with showers and thundershowers. Most precipitation falls during the summer months. Winters are cold and dry with brief snowstorms and occasional periods of extreme cold. First freeze is early October, last is late April.


Quick Facts About Cedar Rapids

    The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids is 4.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Cedar Rapids jobs have Increased by 1.40 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Cedar Rapids's cost of living is 10.80% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Cedar Rapids's population is 126,921 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.48 percent.
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Cedar Rapids is $119,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.50 percent.
    Cedar Rapids public schools spend $13,323 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.3 students per teacher in Cedar Rapids.

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