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Cedar Rapids earned a Certified 4-STAR Community designation from the STAR Communities organization for comprehensive sustainability efforts.  STAR Communities is the leading, national framework for measuring and designating community performance. Learn more about STAR:

  • STAR Report – This STAR-provided document gives a great look into Cedar Rapids’ successes, opportunities, and comparison with other cities.
  • STAR Infographic – Offers a glimpse into the City’s STAR success and context for completing the assessment.
  • Sustainable City Government Timeline – This document provides a look at past and future sustainability efforts.

Cedar Rapids scored a perfect 100 on the Municipal Equality Index Scorecard 2018, 2017 and 2016

Cedar Rapids ranked 13th best run city in America 2018.  In 2017, Cedar Rapids ranked 19th overall Best Run City in America, and 11th Best City Services.

Cedar Rapids was named the Technology Community of the Year (Large) by the Technology Association of Iowa. (2018)

Cedar Rapids received a Healthy Hometown Community Award, recognizing accomplishments in health improvement initiatives. (2018)

Cedar Rapids ranked #15 in the nation of the most popular cities in America to relocate to. (2018)

Cedar Rapids was ranked #16 in the nation in 2018, and was recognized as one of eight medium-sized metro area with a high density of Inc. 5000 companies. Each year, Inc. Magazine publishes its list of the fastest-growing businesses in America—the Inc. 5000.  To qualify, companies must be independent, privately-owned, located in the United States, and meet certain revenue thresholds. Of qualifying companies, those with the fastest three-year revenue growth rates are selected. Inc. 5000 firms exhibit very high growth compared with their peers, which makes them vital to the economy.

Iowa ranked #1 state in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2018.

Cedar Rapids ranks as the #1 best place in America for Children for the third year in a row (2015, 2016, 2017)

Cedar Rapids ranked #2 in list of Top 10 Places for Teachers 2017 by Smartasset.

Iowa named the best state in the nation for retirement 2018 by MoneyRates.com.

Cedar Rapids named All-America City 2014 by the National Civic League. The award shines a spotlight on trail-blazing efforts to bring all aspects of a community together to tackle the most pressing local issues. Our application and presentation focused on recovery efforts after the flood of 2008.  Cedar Rapids was also awarded the first ever social media award for creative use of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to tell the story of Cedar Rapids and encourage community engagement during the competition.

In March 2016, Cedar Rapids was designated the 15th certified Blue Zones Community® in the nation

Cedar Rapids made the top ten 2017 Best Cities for New Grads  rated by GoodCall.com

Cedar Rapids ranked #4 in SmartAsset's Best Cities of 2016

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett was ranked #2 and City Manager Jeff Pomeranz ranked #4 on the Corridor Business Journal's 2016 list of the Corridor's Most Influential People (ranked by number of votes from CBJ readers)

Cedar Rapids named #3 Happiest City in America

Cedar Rapids ranked #6 on the top 10 list of best American cities for technology workers in 2016

Cedar Rapids named #8 on list of top ten Best Affordable Places to Live, 2016 by Livability.com

Cedar Rapids ranked #6 top city for living the American Dream 2016

Cedar Rapids #88 in Top 100 Best Places to Live 2016 by Livability.com

Cedar Rapids named #7 Best City to Make a Living 

Google named Cedar Rapids the 2015 eCity of Iowa. The award recognizes the strongest online business communities in each state as the digital capitals of America.

Cedar Rapids was ranked 3rd in list of top 10 places where poverty is falling fastest, due to our low unemployment rate and quality employment opportunities.
Cedar Rapids is the #1 best city in the nation for kids! To find the best cities for kids, SmartAsset looked at data on 13 different metrics to find cities that provided good environments for children in many ways.  Learn more at SmartAsset.com.
Cedar Rapids named one of the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live, 2015 by Livability.com.
Cedar Rapids ranked #5 happiest zip code in America by movoto.com (February 2015)
Iowa ranked #1 “Most Affordable” state by movoto.com (December 2014)
Cedar Rapids ranked #9 “Healthiest Small Cities in America” (February 2014, Dailyfinance.com)
Cedar Rapids ranked #1 Best Small City to Live and Work  (creditdonkey.com, February 2014)
Ranked #6 for “10 Best Midsize Cities to Move To”   (Movoto.com, 2014)
BadCredit.org featured Cedar Rapids, IA as #11 among America's 20 most financially responsible cities

Cedar Rapids ranked #9 for Top 10 Best Places to Retire 2013 in Livability.com's "Top 10 Best Places to Retire" ranking.  (Source: Livability.com, November 2013)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Top 10 Fourth Economy Communities, according to Fourth Economy Consulting. Linn County is ranked #4 because we are ideally positioned to attract modern investment and managed economic growth. (Source: Fourth Economy Community Index, December 2012)

Cedar Rapids is one of America's Best Cities on the Rise, according to Smarter Travel. We ranked #11 as an exceptional, up-and-coming destination offering more than meets the eye. (Source: Smarter Travel.com, September 2012) 

Cedar Rapids is one of the Best Places for Affordable Homes, according to CNN, Fortune and Money magazine. We ranked #4 for median home price and median family income. (Source: CNNMoney.com, August 2012)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Best Places for Business & Careers, according to Forbes magazine. Our city is ranked #33 out of the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., based on cost of doing business, job growth, education, employment, housing and quality of life. (Source: Forbes.com, June 2012)

Cedar Rapids' Job Growth has Topped National Levels by 7 %, according to TIME magazine. We are considered a growing boomtown. (Source: TIME, April 2, 2012)

Cedar Rapids is one of the top 12 Best Cities for High Paying Jobs, according to Kiplinger. We are ranked #7 because of our below-average unemployment and above-average income growth. (Source: Kiplinger, January 2012)

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