Cedar Rapids

Iowa offers more than just farmland. In fact, Cedar Rapids is nationally ranked as one of the best communities to work and play—and it’s renowned for education, too. By car, Cedar Rapids is 30 minutes from Iowa City and 4 hours from Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.

What Cedar Rapids Offers

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, you’ll find it in Cedar Rapids. 

Cedar Rapids is one of the best places in America to live, work, educate, and volunteer. It’s Iowa’s second-largest city (population 130,000) and located on the picturesque Cedar River. 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.

Recent Accolades

Visiting Cedar Rapids?

If you're new to the area or want to find something new in Cedar Rapids, check out the latest visitor guide.

The Arts

You’ll find that artists, designers, and musicians don’t shy away from Cedar Rapids.

Sports and the Outdoors

Cedar Rapids is no stranger to professional and leisure sports. You’ll find: 

Health Care

UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital and Mercy Medical Center offer excellent health care and internship opportunities to Mount Mercy students. Just 30 minutes away is University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinicsthe state's flagship comprehensive research university.