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Why Cedar Rapids is a Great Place to Live

Aerial View of Cedar Rapids Downtown SkylineCedar Rapids, Iowa is an affordable place to live with a lot of opportunities. Residents and visitors enjoy shopping and dining downtown; boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching, trail running in the local landscape; and classical music, ballet, and more at a historic downtown theater. People love working and living in one of our country's top ten cities for living the American Dream. We look forward to helping you find your dream home in Cedar Rapids and join our community. Here are some reasons why Cedar Rapids is a great place to live in further detail. 

Altruism: Cedar Rapids is a city full of good people doing good things. It has the highest percentage of people working in altruistic fields across the state: including healthcare, counseling, teaching, firefighting, and social work. 

Affordability: The city has ranked #10 in the best cities to buy a house in America and #18 in cities with the lowest cost of living in America according to Niche.com in 2022. The median listing price for homes in Cedar Rapids, IA was $185 thousand as of August 2022. 

Opportunity: Iowa has been ranked #1 for opportunity by U.S. News & World Report. The criteria include a combination of affordability, economic opportunity, and equality. 

Shopping & Dining: You will have extra time and extra money to spend thanks to the low cost of living in Cedar Rapids. You can save a little and spend a little and have a great time dining and shopping downtown. 

Parks & Recreation: There are plenty of recreational opportunities for you and your family. There are 74 parks, 4 public golf courses, and 6 public swimming pools. Locals enjoy fishing and kayaking at Palisades-Kepler State Park. Indian Creek Nature Center is a great place for hiking, bird watching, and trail running. Cedar Rapids Country Club provides a private golf course and club experience for members and their guests. 

Music, Art & Culture: The city takes great pride in its rich and diverse arts and culture scene. There are a number of museums and galleries to explore downtown. There are local craft fairs and local music festivals to enjoy throughout the year. The Orchestra Iowa is celebrating 100 years of artistic excellence for the 2022-2023 season. There are over 180 public performances of classical music, ballet, opera, and chamber performance to delight your senses every season. The shows are presented at The Paramount Theatre, a historic 1,690 seat in downtown Cedar Rapids. 

Changing Seasons: The midwestern landscape of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is witness to dramatic and beautiful seasonal weather. The natural drama is so magnificent the city has set aside one extra season for the sole purpose of appreciating the other four. The idea began in 1968 with a marketing campaign that included the slogan “City of Five Seasons®” which is still in use today. The slogan and logo appear on street signs, city vehicles, and uniforms.

Hedges Realty is a locally owned and operated affiliate of Coldwell Banker Real Estate. We have been helping Midwesterners with their real estate needs since 1887. Our roots are strong. We look forward to helping you find the perfect home in the Cedar Rapids & Corridor area and establish your family roots in Iowa. Contact us today!

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