Hiawatha, IA

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Hiawatha, IA

About Hiawatha, IA

Hiawatha, IA is a charming and vibrant city located in eastern Iowa. It is a great place to live with its wide range of activities, amenities and attractions. The downtown area is filled with unique shops, restaurants and galleries, while the nearby parks provide plenty of outdoor fun. The residents of Hiawatha take pride in their community and enjoy the small-town feel while still having access to big-city attractions such as festivals and concerts. Additionally, there are excellent schools within the city limits that offer educational excellence for students of all ages. Overall, living in Hiawatha is an enjoyable experience that allows one to experience both city life and rural beauty at the same time. Small city - East-central Iowa, along Cedar River.

State: Iowa
County: Linn County
Metro Area: Cedar Rapids Metro Area
City: Hiawatha
Zip Codes: 52233
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 594 ft above sea level

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.

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Hiawatha Cost of Living

Arts and culture, attractive downtown, and cost of living make Hiawatha a great place to live.

-51.6% lower than avg
-17.7% lower than avg
$840 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-36.7% lower than avg
Hiawatha Crime
27.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Hiawatha
   Arts and culture
   Attractive downtown
Recent job weakness
   Cost of living
Harsh winters
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