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Old 12-04-2019, 08:54 PM
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Hi all! I'm planning to relocate next year and have been doing research on desirable places, and the Cedar Rapids/Cedar Falls/Waterloo area caught my eye.

Let me talk a little about myself. I am an Asian immigrant who speaks English as a second language, but I'm also a speech-language pathologist. I am also gay who is in my early 30s, and I'm currently in upstate New York. I am not a fan of nightlife, but I like to walk or hike outside occasionally. I want to live in a college town that has low cost of living, low tax, relatively or mildly progressive, or moderate politically, mild weather (I don't like too much snow or any natural disasters), and have a decent LGBT population (as I will be looking for a partner). I hope there is a mall for shopping basic stuff, and a few nearby grocery stores.

I was glad that the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area is a college town and it seems a great place to live. However, I'm not sure if Cedar Rapids/Cedar Falls/Waterloo is LGBT and immigrant friendly, the size of its LGBT population, its vulnerability to natural disasters, as well as the job opportunities it can offer. I would really appreciate if you can offer me some local insights! Thanks a lot!

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Old 12-04-2019, 09:44 PM
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To be clear, Cedar Rapids is 45-60 minutes from Waterloo/Cedar Falls. Cedar Falls is the only "college town" out of the three. Catastrophic flooding has occurred in the Cedar River in all three communities; however, you will be quite safe from that if you live on higher ground not in the floodplain.

Have you considered Iowa City?
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Old 12-05-2019, 08:35 AM
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I recommend Iowa City also. Cost of living is more expensive than CR/Cedar Falls/Waterloo, but you will definitely find more of what you're looking for in Iowa City.

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