Cedar Rapids

Vibrant neighborhoods. Large companies and thriving startups. The smell of Crunch Berries on random weekdays. Welcome to Cedar Rapids—Iowa’s second-largest city and home of Mount Mercy University. Our hometown is a cultural, historical, and economic hub, with a metro population of 250,000+.

We Are CR

"As an international student-athlete, I am impressed with what Cedar Rapids has to offer—you're never bored! I would say it is by far the best city in our athletic conference."

– Ogi Bozkan '22 

The City of Five Seasons

Cedar Rapids represents a combination of blue-collar history and technological innovation, with a rich tradition in manufacturing and an eye toward the future of industry. Situated on the banks of the Cedar River, CR is nicknamed the “City of Five Seasons,” where the so-called fifth season is a time to enjoy the other four.

Whether you’re obsessed with finding the best sushi or Italian (we’ve got hundreds of restaurants to choose from), need a city with a vibrant music scene, or spend all your time outdoors (biking and hiking trails span the city), you’ll find plenty to enjoy in Cedar Rapids. 

Cedar Rapids is one of the top places in America to live, work, educate, and volunteer. Located on the picturesque Cedar River, it’s rich in culture and history—home to the African American Museum of Iowa, National Czech and Slovak Museum, and the Brucemore estate. Cedar Rapids ranks as one of the country's top communities, and Iowa has been recognized as one of the best states for public education.


The Nation's Best


Best state for opportunity

U.S. News & World Report, 2021


Most caring city in Iowa

Insurify, 2020


Best city to start from scratch

Zippia, 2020

Embedded in the Community

Cedar Rapids' University

Located in the heart of the city’s College District, Mount Mercy is embedded in the community. Our students intern here. Our graduates find careers here. Our identity is rooted here.

What To Do Around and Beyond Cedar Rapids

The City of Five Seasons is nationally ranked as one of the best communities to work and play, and it boasts a prime location—in the center of an area of dynamic growth between Cedar Falls/Waterloo and Iowa City and only a short drive from Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.

From the energy of the New Bohemia neighborhood and Czech Village to the excitement of Iowa City only 30 minutes away and the beauty of Palisades-Kepler State Park just a short drive from Mount Mercy’s campus, believe us when we say we’re in the middle of everything. 

We’re just scratching the surface—come see for yourself

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