The community offers many job opportunities, but every individual city has its own charm.
The Cedar Rapids Area in Iowa is constantly growing, both in industry and population. The attractions are constantly changing as well, as the cities attempt to keep up with the different interests of the growing populations.
There are plenty of amenities available for both visitors and residents. The libraries across the community offer events each week for young and old alike. Whether you’re visiting the recently remodeled downtown branch of the Cedar Rapids Public Library or you’re spending time in one of the smaller towns like Fairfax, Hiawatha, or Marion, you’ll find a library easily accessible.
If you’re interested in parks, the Cedar Rapids Area has you covered. Marion’s Parks and Recreation Department maintains over 600 acres of public ground with a combined total of 41 parks and green spaces. Robins received grants from the Department of Natural Resources and Resource Enhancement and Protection to help expand South Troy Park, the oldest park in Robins. The city of Robins also boasts the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, a four-mile trail that runs north to south through the city. Within Cedar Rapids city limits, you’ll find a wide variety to enjoy.
The Prairie Park Fishery is a 65-acre lake that has a paved walkway over a mile long. Jones Park, has over 230 acres of green space. The park offers 18 holes of golf, tennis and basketball courts, baseball and softball fields and a swimming pool. During the winter months, many residents enjoy sledding and cross-country skiing.
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa was originally established in 1838 as the town Columbus. In 1841, it was renamed as Cedar Rapids due to the Cedar River and red cedar trees in the area. After the founding of the Sinclair meatpacking company in 1871, the economic growth of Cedar Rapids truly began.
Marion, Iowa was founded as the county seat of Linn County before anyone actually lived in the city. It quickly became the business center of the county and by 1855 had a population of 1,500. In the 19th century businesses were centered around City Square Park. The Park still serves as a ‘hub’ of activity, but business and manufacturing have spread well beyond this area.
In 2008, the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids experienced a devastating flood reaching a record 19 feet above flood stage. About 10 square miles, including most of the downtown area, were inundated with flood waters. The flood impacted more than 5,000 homes and over 1,000 businesses. Through the help of federal grants, a complete revitalization occurred that included a new main branch of the public library, a hotel and convention center, and a new federal courthouse.
Each city and quadrant offers excellent schools, beautiful parks and endless entertainment. If you’re looking for a rural city not far from metropolitan benefits, the outlying cities are perfect for you. If you’re ready for the fast-paced life of a downtown, you’ll be able to find that in the Cedar Rapids Area too.
The Cedar Rapids Area has four main school districts: Cedar Rapids Community School District, the College Community School District, the Marion Independent School District, and Linn-Mar Community School District.
Cedar Rapids Community is a district with twenty-four elementary schools, six middle schools, three high schools and one alternative high school. This is the second largest school district in the state and has an average enrollment above 15,000 students.
College Community consists of five elementary schools, an intermediate school, middle school, a Ninth Grade Academy and high school on one 500-acre campus. College Community is a growing school district that serves approximately 6,000 students from Linn, Benton and Johnson Counties.
Marion Independent consists of one high school, one middle school, one Intermediate school and two elementary schools. This school district serves over 2,400 students each year.
Linn-Mar consists of seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The schools are located throughout the district. More than 1,000 staff serve the educational needs of more than 7,700 students K-12.
Cedar Rapids Mainstreet District: Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Czech Village and New Bohemia Main Street District straddles the banks of the Cedar River on the city’s southeast side. Just south of the city’s primary downtown business district, this Main Street District fosters connectivity to shared amenities and attractions while maintaining its own unique culture and feel. The District has a wide variety of activities, events and food vendors to satisfy everyone’s interests. Learn more about the vendors at the Newbo City Market here.
The National Czech and Slovak Museum: Located just across the bridge from the Mainstreet District, this museum inspires people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture. Through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences, the museum tells stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity. Their stories connect yesterday with today and tomorrow.
Downtown Cedar Rapids: The downtown area features a variety of dining and shopping options, a vibrant arts and culture community, and an exciting nightlife. The Economic Alliance works with area businesses and nonprofits to support the creation of a beautiful, sustainable downtown area for all ages.
Uptown Marion: As the city of Marion continues to grow and flourish, the community’s history will be preserved through the mission of Uptown Marion Main Street. Uptown Marion is located in what was the historic City Park Area. Local events and business continue to help the city thrive while restoration of buildings helps visitors understand the history.
Hiawatha Farmers Market: The Hiawatha Farmers Market is held Sundays, rain or shine, and helps bring the taste of Iowa Producers to you. In addition to the farmers markets, the Hiawatha Parks and Recreation Department also hosts concerts in the park that showcase local talent and provide great family fun.
Cedar Rapids Farmers Market: The Cedar Rapids Farmers Market has quickly grown to one of the largest outdoor markets in the Midwest. More than 200 local vendors offer fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, local wines and homemade gifts. Live music and dancers also perform. Stop by this one-of-a-kind market to get a taste of the diverse melting pot of history and culture.
Mother Mosque: The Mother Mosque is the oldest standing mosque in America. After renovation in the early 1990s, it now serves again as a place of worship and as a resource center for information about Islam and the history of Muslims in America.
Double Tree Convention Complex: Conveniently located in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, corporate travelers will appreciate the proximity to important businesses, including Fortune 500 companies and government offices. Host a meeting or event at this downtown Cedar Rapids hotel in 80,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. The professional staff will organize a variety of special events for up to 10,000 guests.
McGrath Amphitheater: Located in southwest Cedar Rapids, this amphitheater provides the community with an outdoor staging area to host large concerts, shows and much more.
Cherry Hill Water Park: Cherry Hill Aquatic Center, the community’s largest aquatic center, features a zero depth entry pool with sloping entry stairs, water slide, speed slide, drop slide, eight 25-yard lap lanes, six 50-meter lap lanes, and a 1-meter diving board. It also has several water play features, a sand play area and a shaded concession area.
Fairfax USA Days: Fairfax USA Days is sponsored by a local bank and features concerts, a street market, a kids’ carnival, a 5K race through the community and so much more.
Marion Arts Festival: Founded in 1992 and held the third Saturday of each May, the Marion Arts Festival offers art of exceptional quality, dishing up a singular and highly anticipated event. Consistently ranked in the top tier of fine art events nationwide, the Marion Arts Festival has been named as one of the Top 25 festivals in the country, the number one show featuring 100 artists or fewer and the best one-day event in the nation.
Kirkwood Community College: Kirkwood Community College identifies community needs, provides accessible, quality education and training and promotes opportunities
for lifelong learning. Almost 20,000 students attend Kirkwood each year across the 11 locations in seven counties.
Coe College: Located in Northeast Cedar Rapids, Coe is one of few colleges in the nation to see record-breaking class numbers over the last several years. Coe remains laser-focused on increasing its value among current and prospective students by providing a first-class education, career planning and preparation. It also capitalizes on its location and continuous campus improvements.
Mt. Mercy University: Mount Mercy University, located in Northeast Cedar Rapids, offers students a fulfilling education, promising people of all backgrounds a solid preparation for a changing world. The 1,800+ students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse and open-minded campus community.