Welcome to Cedar Rapids!
Cedar Rapids is a vibrant city, encompassing unique attractions, exciting events, specialty shopping, a dynamic art scene, and a large variety of restaurant and nightlife options. You’ll find that Cedar Rapids offers one of the best places to live, work and play in the Midwest.
Every year the Cedar Rapids community experiences the wonders of changing seasons in our Midwestern landscape. Some say that taking the time to appreciate everyday beauty extends life, almost like an extra season is added to every year. Cedar Rapids offers a unique balance of big city amenities without all the typical hassles and headaches that come with a large city. This extra time afforded to our residents and visitors is why Cedar Rapids is known as “The City of Five Seasons.” This fifth season affords us time to enjoy all other seasons and to enjoy life.
As the second-largest city in the state, we are:
The largest corn-processing city in the world
One of the leading manufacturing regions in the United States
One of the leading bio-processing and food ingredient centers in North America
- Meet our Cedar Rapids Heroes
According to the US Census Bureau, 126,326 people live in Cedar Rapids. The population of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), representing three counties, is 256,324 people. That’s more than 8 percent growth since 2000.
Business & Industry
Cedar Rapids is home to almost 300 different manufacturing plants and two dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Collins Aerospace, AEGON, General Mills, Cargill, Penford, Quaker Oats, Archer Daniels Midland, and Nordstrom.
Learn more about our successful businesses through the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.