Cedar Rapids National Rankings

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 ranks 5th best city in America for young adults to get rich.

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)
http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/most-affordable-states-map/

Cedar Rapids ranked #9  “Healthiest Small Cities in America” (February 2014, Dailyfinance.com) http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/america-healthiest-small-cities/

Cedar Rapids ranked #1 Best Small City to Live and Work  (creditdonkey.com, February 2014) http://www.creditdonkey.com/small-live-work.html

Ranked #1 in Iowa and #30 in the nation in Livability.com’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live”  (Jan 2014) http://livability.com/cedar-rapids/ia

Out of 221 cities ranked nationally, we are at 70, and the top-ranked city in Iowa on the list ranking sprawl and the desire to have a “compact” city.http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/documents/measuring-sprawl-2014.pdf

BadCredit.org featured Cedar Rapids, IA as #11 among America's 20 most financially responsible cities: http://www.badcredit.org/americas-20-financially-responsible-cities-2/

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 ranked #1 in Iowa for Top 100 Best Places to Live and #29 in the nation in Livability.com's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" ranking.  (Source:  Livability.com, October 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)

Cedar Rapids is one of Milken Institute's 2011 Best Performing Cities. We are ranked #13, up 15 spots from the previous year. This index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.(Source: Milken Institute, December 2011)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Top 25 Cities Where Homes are Affordable, according to Money Magazine. Our city is ranked #11 for median family income and median home price. (Source: CNNMoney and Money Magazine, August 16, 2011)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Top 10 Best Value Cities of 2011, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. Our city is ranked #9, based on average home costs, property tax rates and great amenities. (Source: Kiplinger's Personal Finance, September 2011)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Best Places for Business & Careers, according to Forbes magazine. Our city is ranked #11 out of the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., based on costs, income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. (Source: Forbes.com, June 29, 2011)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Names You Need to Know in 2011, according to Forbes magazine. Our city is expected to see employment expand 14.2% over the next three years. This is the strongest forecast of any metro area in the country with a population over 100,000. (Source: Forbes.com, October 29, 2010)

Cedar Rapids is one of Milken Institute's 2010 Best Performing Cities. We are ranked #28 nationally, up 29 spots from the previous year. The index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. (Source: Milken Institute, October 14, 2010)

Cedar Rapids is one of Top 20 Recession-Proof Cities, according to The Daily Beast. We ranked #5 because of our overall employment, per capita personal income and metropolitan area GDP increases. (Source: The Daily Beast, 2010)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Best Places for Affordable Homes, according to CNN and Money Magazine. We ranked #11 out of 25 for home sales and job and population growth. (Source: CNNMoney.com, July 2010)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Best Places for Business and Careers, according to Forbes Magazine. We ranked #1 for projected job growth and projected economic growth. Overall, Cedar Rapids ranked 13 out of the 200 largest metro areas. (Source: Forbes.com, April 14, 2010)

Cedar Rapids is one of the Top 5 Metro Areas Best at Meeting Basic Needs, according to the Gallup-Health ways Basic Access Index. We top the nation in healthcare affordability. Cedar Rapids ranked #4 out of 187 metro areas. (Source: Gallup, May 20, 2010)