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Old 01-16-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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Hello all we currently live in Fargo, ND and the weather is starting to get to be a little much. We currently pay $850 for renting a 2 bedroom 1 bath house. W love the size of the area about 130,000-150,000 the surrounding area with Fargo being 90,000 and two cities pretty much connected at about 30,000 each. I'm currently a manager at a restaraunt and my wife is a medical office assisant. We both really enjoy our jobs and would like to stay in the field if possible. We also have a little girl who is 10 months old and 2 mini daschund dogs. Cedar Rapids looks to be a great city with the same time of size and a little better weather than up here. I would really appreciate any help on finding rentals houses, townhomes, or apartments and am wondering what the job market it is like in our fields. We are both more than willing to work our way up from the bottom if need be. Thank you anyone who replies
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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Hello all we currently live in Fargo, ND and the weather is starting to get to be a little much. We currently pay $850 for renting a 2 bedroom 1 bath house. W love the size of the area about 130,000-150,000 the surrounding area with Fargo being 90,000 and two cities pretty much connected at about 30,000 each. I'm currently a manager at a restaraunt and my wife is a medical office assisant. We both really enjoy our jobs and would like to stay in the field if possible. We also have a little girl who is 10 months old and 2 mini daschund dogs. Cedar Rapids looks to be a great city with the same time of size and a little better weather than up here. I would really appreciate any help on finding rentals houses, townhomes, or apartments and am wondering what the job market it is like in our fields. We are both more than willing to work our way up from the bottom if need be. Thank you anyone who replies
Look for jobs in Iowa City as well...with the U of IA Hospitals and Clinics there, and lots of restaurants around town, you might have good luck finding something for both of you there. And despite the smaller size, with the University there, there is lots going on.

I can't help much with Cedar Rapids, unfortunately, as I don't make it up there much.

From,
An NDSU grad now living in Iowa City
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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Hello all we currently live in Fargo, ND and the weather is starting to get to be a little much. We currently pay $850 for renting a 2 bedroom 1 bath house. W love the size of the area about 130,000-150,000 the surrounding area with Fargo being 90,000 and two cities pretty much connected at about 30,000 each. I'm currently a manager at a restaraunt and my wife is a medical office assisant. We both really enjoy our jobs and would like to stay in the field if possible. We also have a little girl who is 10 months old and 2 mini daschund dogs. Cedar Rapids looks to be a great city with the same time of size and a little better weather than up here. I would really appreciate any help on finding rentals houses, townhomes, or apartments and am wondering what the job market it is like in our fields. We are both more than willing to work our way up from the bottom if need be. Thank you anyone who replies
Not to sound discouraging but Cedar Rapids weather can be brutal too in the winter. Iowa is not known for mild winters. That being said, Fargo and CR are similar type cities population and economic opportunities wise.


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Old 01-18-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Not to sound discouraging but Cedar Rapids weather can be brutal too in the winter. Iowa is not known for mild winters. That being said, Fargo and CR are similar type cities population and economic opportunities wise.


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Depends on where you are coming from.

Cedar Rapids winters are a good month shorter, and quite a bit warmer than Fargo winters, and the biggest thing is, this area has quite a lot less wind than Fargo has. Snow usually doesn't start in earnest until the very end of November, and its generally done by the end of February.

The major downsides to Cedar Rapids area winters are:

(1) Less snowplows and other equipment mean clean-up can take longer.

(2) Ice. Since its warmer down here, you get snow partially melting, and then re-freezing, which can make a mess out of things.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:14 AM
 
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CR is an industrial town and has lots of jobs. The 2 hospitals are Mercy & St. Lukes and both have tons of medical offices around them. They also have tons of restaurants. I think the CR metro area may be twice the size of Fargo? It includes Cedar Rapids, Robins, Hiawatha, Marion, and all connected so kind of one big city.

Iowa City is more expensive for housing as it is a college town.

Check Cedar rapids Gazette online for help wanted ads. There are a bunch and since not just service and retail type town the industry helps bring up all wages. Only place I know where high school graduate factory worker CAN make $85k with no union but there is high competition for those jobs and that is upper end. Still it helps create better wages for everyone else. I've known college grads who dropped out of their profession to work at Quaker Oats or General Mills or Cedar River Paper.
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