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Old 07-03-2016, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I live in Cedar Rapids and think it's a great small city, contrary to what many on this forum have voiced, but feel it may be too much of an adjustment for an older transplant.
There are many things to like about Cedar Rapids, including affordable ranch houses, under 100K, with open floor plans. My main objection was not enough higher-paying opportunities to moonlight outside of my field. To be fair, there are minimum wage positions and I've seen several new stores since my last visit. That's where I'd put a Tim Horton's if I had enough money to buy into the franchise. (:
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Old 07-03-2016, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Northern United States
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but all 3 are pretty urban feeling and have fairly high crime (Waterloo in particular).
The only one of those that has a fairly high crime rate is Waterloo, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids are pretty safe.
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Old 07-03-2016, 03:56 PM
 
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There are many things to like about Cedar Rapids, including affordable ranch houses, under 100K, with open floor plans. My main objection was not enough higher-paying opportunities to moonlight outside of my field. To be fair, there are minimum wage positions and I've seen several new stores since my last visit. That's where I'd put a Tim Horton's if I had enough money to buy into the franchise. (:
Yes, this is common complaint in CR, at least for nonprofessional support roles. That's why so many of us commute to Iowa City, but don't want and/or can't afford the higher cost of homes/property taxes in Johnson County.

Tim Horton's sounds great (Had to google it). I know just the spot in CR

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The only one of those that has a fairly high crime rate is Waterloo, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids are pretty safe.
I've never had any problems with crime in CR but use common sense and stay away from problem areas at night. I was surprised that CR ranks higher than the national average for burglary/theft, according to the below link. I do have a friend who had her house robbed twice in 5 years; however her family lived a couple blocks from a large section 8 apartment complex before they were able to move to a better area. The link does show that violent crime in CR ranks lower than the national average. Waterloo -- no surprise there.

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Old 07-03-2016, 07:08 PM
 
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The only one of those that has a fairly high crime rate is Waterloo, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids are pretty safe.
Cedar rapids ranks above the national average for crime in most categories. I say "fairly high" because I think a lot of people who haven't spent a lot of time in iowa think even the bigger cities are going to be quiet calm areas and that isn't necessarily the case. Obviously they have nothing on certain areas of Chicago but most people not from iowa act shocked when I tell them the larger cities in iowa have gang problems
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I agree that Des Moines may be your best bet because of size and opportunities. I live in Cedar Rapids and think it's a great small city, contrary to what many on this forum have voiced, but feel it may be too much of an adjustment for an older transplant. Many people have lived their whole lives here and are tight with relatives and childhood friends. Iowa City is more diverse because of UI, but for me, I just never cared for the layout, outside of downtown. Personally, I would scratch Waterloo off the list but that's just me. I just don't think it's that diverse at all. However, on a positive note, Waterloo does have beautiful trails
Thanks so much. Des Moines it is!
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