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Cedar Rapids – “Names You Need to Know in 2011″
Forbes named Cedar Rapids as a location “that will have a big impact over the next couple of years”. Forbes site that Moody’sEconomy.com expects to see employment expand 14.2% over the next three years and 30% over the next 3 years (best in the country!). To read the full article, click here.
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Rank High on Best Performing Cities List
Iowa City and Cedar Rapids earned high rankings in the Milken Institute’s list of best-performing cities in the nation.
Iowa City was ranked ninth out of 179 small metropolitan areas in the survey, while Cedar Rapids was ranked 28th among the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the country. The rankings are based on job, wage and salary, and technology growth in the area.
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Iowa City Name 3rd Best College Town
Iowa City was named the third-best major metropolitan area in the country for college students in the American Institute for Economic Research‘s annual “College Destinations Index.” The ranking is based on these 12 criteria: student concentration; student diversity; research capacity; degree attainment; cost of living; arts & leisure; city accessiblity; creative class; earning potential; entrepreeurial activity; brain gain/drain; and unemployment rate.
Cedar Rapids Ranks 4th as “Next Cities”
Next Generation Consulting ranked Cedar Rapids 4th as a “Next Cities” in June of 2009. The Next Generation Cities list sites that there are seven factors that attract the Next Generation to cities. The factors are: Vitality, Earning, Learning, Social Capital, Cost of Living, After Hours, and Around Town.
Cedar Rapids Named One of the Best Places for Affordable Homes
In a new ranking released in July 2010, CNNMoney.com listed Cedar Rapids among the best places for affordable housing.
“Old Cedar Rapids once resembled the Iowa depicted in “The Music Man,” but today the city is more ethnically diverse and culturally vibrant. While holding true to its agricultural roots, the city also hosts museums and an important theater scene. Floods in 2008 devastated the Cedar Rapids area and 300 homes were lost. Despite that, the housing market has remained on an even keel. Prices are still affordable for families.”
Iowa City “Best Cities for College Grads”
In May 2010, Richard Florida, author of the Creative Class ranked Iowa City as number 2. The core measures of the ranking include: presence of 20-somethings; earnings potential; creative capital; and youth-oriented amenities (for full details click here).