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Old 05-07-2014, 07:29 AM
 
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Hi,

I currently live in Boston. I am thinking about relocating to Cedar Rapids for a fabulous job opportunity. I am in my late 20s. I would appreciate any input about the area and the ease of adjustment.

-What is the age demographic of the area?
-Are there activities/organizations which help to meet new people?
-Pros/Cons?
-What are the "things" to do in the area?

I am used to snowy/cold winters and hot humid summers. My biggest concern is not being near a true "city".

What to do?? What to do??
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:20 AM
 
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Hi! For a ton of demographic data, you can't go wrong with City-Data's own city pages (links below). According to City-Data, the median age in CR is 35.3 years, somewhat lower than the median for the state of Iowa (42.7). I know that a lot of young folks in the "Corridor" prefer to socialize and/or live in Iowa City, which as a university town has a median age almost a full decade lower at 25.6 and all the resources and amenities you might expect from a college town (bars, bookstores, etc.). This is a twenty to forty-five minute commute, depending on your end-points; from Rockwell Collins to U of I, for example, Google has it at 33 minutes.

Hopefully someone who actually lives in Cedar Rapids can answer your questions about meeting people and activities. I live in a small town in the Corridor with my family, and I imagine socializing here with a young family is quite different than in the city proper without a spouse of children (I assume you don't have these as you don't mention them, but please correct me if I'm wrong.)

What is it that you particularly value about living in a big city? Some of this is easily replicated in the Corridor (because there isn't a big city very nearby, we have a lot of things on our own that a suburb of similar size might omit) but others you really would need to drive to Chicago for. This might be OK, if it's not an everyday kind of thing--I don't mind going out of state once or twice a year to see a really big show, for example; even when I lived in a huge city I didn't shell out the big bucks for a Broadway show more often than that. On the other hand I do miss the variety of shopping options--I remember my L.A. phone book had several pages just for carburetors, for example, and we had a shop that sold nothing but different kinds of foam two blocks from our apartment; that kind of thing just isn't possible here. If you break down what you can't live without you can get more specific advice.

Good luck with your decision!

//www.city-data.com/city/Cedar-Rapids-Iowa.html
//www.city-data.com/city/Iowa-City-Iowa.html

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Old 05-07-2014, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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Another site to compare cities isModerator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed with about 150 data points on each city. Zipskinny has info by zipcodes.

I moved here a month ago and am having second thoughts. There are some real sleazebag landlords here.

And don't bother asking for directions. The locals assume you have lived here all your life.

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Old 05-07-2014, 04:19 PM
 
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I had relatives in Cedar Rapids when I was a kid, so I've been there, but not in my adult lifetime. All I know is that during the flood they showed a lot of footage up and down those Midwestern streets and it made me very homesick. Those houses, streets, trees and sidewalks had a familiarity I will never get here. It's like I could imagine walking around each house to the back door, and that I could go in and know just what I would find and what the people would be like.

There's something really special about a medium size city in the upper midwest, just the feeling of it, I would look for the best of it and see what makes it different from other places.

Not a very helpful post on my part, just me getting nostalgic, sorry.
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Old 05-07-2014, 05:28 PM
 
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If you are into cycling, you might want to join one of the clubs in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. Cycling is very popular here. Ragbrai is an annual week-long event in Iowa that draws cyclists from all over the country (Lance Armstrong participated a year or two ago). Over the weekends, you can find groups of cyclists throughout the area during the rest of the year, except winter. Meetup.com has some clubs geared toward 20s-30s group.
RAGBRAI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you're into baseball, the Cedar Rapids Kernels is a minor baseball team in town.
Cedar Rapids Kernels - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Several baseball leagues for everyone though the park and rec district, or different companies in town. Includes basketball.

Rough Riders Hockey. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There is also a live theater and symphony in town if you are into that.

The Fieldhouse is a popular sports bar. You'll find plenty of Hawkeye fans of all ages. Local sports news is broadcasted there. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Field...s/386292869898

Coralville Lake, about 15-20 miles south of CR (closer to Iowa City) offers boating/skiing/camping. Lake MacBride is close by, which I believe also has boating.

There isn't a lot of nightlife in Cedar Rapids, though more restaurants and bars are opening up in Downtown. Iowa City offers more with the University location. Cedar Rapids tends to be more of a family town, so it would definitely be an adjustment compared to the Boston area.

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Old 05-08-2014, 06:38 AM
 
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Another club where you could meet people is the Five Season's Ski Club. They usually perform along the Cedar River, which also has boating and skiing. There are also Dragon boat races during summer festivities.
Five Seasons Ski Team

The US Cellular Center offers concerts/performances/sports, etc.
The Titans is a an" indoor football franchise" at the US Cellular.
http://www.uscellularcenter.com/events.html

A new outdoor amplitheater along the river was recently completed.
http://events.hooplanow.com/places/8...axzz317z3fvRmh


Uptown Friday occurs every Friday evening with music/food/socializing in the downtown Green Square Park that brings a lot of professionals from the surrounding workplaces.
http://hooplanow.com/2013/05/24/upto...#axzz317zObtbf

There is a bike trail within the city, and several outside of town. The Cedar Valley Trail goes up to Waterloo (50 miles), and may extend further. To the south of town, there is a bike trail that goes towards Iowa City, though I am not sure if that has been completed yet.

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