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Cedar Rapids is a city in Linn County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the Cedar River.
The latitude of Cedar Rapids is 42.008N. The longitude is -91.643W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 810 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 122,542.
Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau For more census details and comparisons, see our
Cedar Rapids demographic reports
A dam built across the Cedar River in the 1840s furnished power for sawmills and gristmills.
A precursor of Quaker Oats, the North Star Oatmeal Mill, was founded here.
Public transportation: Five Seasons Transportation (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 387. The number of murders and homicides was 4. The violent crime rate was 3.2 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included: · Don DeFore, actor · Ashton Kutcher, actor · Elijah Wood, actor
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
Ushers Ferry Folk Music Festival - Aug. 25, 2007 Houby Days - May 18-20, 2007 Fairytale Festival - June 24, 2007 Hawkeye Downs Fair - June 7-10, 2007 Apple Festival - Oct. 6-7, 2007 Bluesmore - Aug. 4, 2007 National Bohemian, Moravian and Slovak Folk Dance Festival - May 19, 2007 Svaty Mikulas Day - Dec. 1, 2007 Wild West Weekend - June 30-July 1, 2007 Jazz Jubilee - May 30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Cedar Rapids web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Cedar Rapids Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation:
Lake Macbride State Park, Palisades-Kepler State Park, Pleasant Creek State Park, Wapsipinicon State Park, Indian Creek Nature Center
Sports teams: Kernels (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Brucemore, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, Science Station, Seminole Valley Farm
Colleges and universities:
Coe College, Mount Mercy College, Hamilton College-Main Campus, Kirkwood Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 62
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Sections below provide additional information and links about Cedar Rapids demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Linn County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Cedar Rapids area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 52401 ZIP code.
Ancestry & family history
31% of Cedar Rapids residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the
Cedar Rapids ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Cedar Rapids was $22,589, compared with $21,587 nationally.
28% of Cedar Rapids residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Fairs, festivals & other events
Cedar Rapids festival dates:
Ushers Ferry Folk Music Festival - Aug. 25, 2007
Houby Days - May 18-20, 2007
Fairytale Festival - June 24, 2007
Hawkeye Downs Fair - June 7-10, 2007
Apple Festival - Oct. 6-7, 2007
Bluesmore - Aug. 4, 2007
National Bohemian, Moravian and Slovak Folk Dance Festival - May 19, 2007
Svaty Mikulas Day - Dec. 1, 2007
Wild West Weekend - June 30-July 1, 2007
Jazz Jubilee - May 30, 2007
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Cedar Rapids include May's Island Historic District, Second and Third Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Cedar Rapids, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $447. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $920.
Libraries in Cedar Rapids include Cedar Rapids Public Library, West Side Library Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Cedar Rapids include Gazette TV stations in Cedar Rapids include KCRG, KFXA, KGAN, KPXR.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCCK-FM.
Linn County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our
Cedar Rapids political report.
The average commute time for Cedar Rapids workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 10 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Cedar Rapids between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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