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Old 01-23-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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My family is moving from Indiana to Iowa for a job opportunity in Cedar Rapids.We are not at all familiar with the CR area.We are very conservative and would like to live in the country.What areas are within a 45 minute drive of Cedar Rapids with LOW property taxes?
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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My family is moving from Indiana to Iowa for a job opportunity in Cedar Rapids.We are not at all familiar with the CR area.We are very conservative and would like to live in the country.What areas are within a 45 minute drive of Cedar Rapids with LOW property taxes?
Cedar Rapids - an island of urbanity amidst corn fields and all "good" stuff sprayed on them. If "Living in the country" means living on an 10 acre plot with no neighbors in sight, it's just not Iowan style. I don't know why but Iowans mostly reside in small towns or on farms. I guess it's taxes and/or rich agricultural soil driving sprawl costs up. There is no "country" like suburban sprawl around Cedar Rapids, you'll have to look into small town life.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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Living in the country does not necessarily mean on '10 acres'. We just don't want to be within arms reach of our next door neighbors. We would like at least 2 acres -- for breathing room. ( Yeah, 10 acres would be excellant, but unrealistic.) We don't know the area and we were hoping that someone could tell us where is a good, safe place to raise a family, not in the city, with LOW property taxes. We currently, here in Indiana, pay only $900/yr in property taxes!
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:35 PM
 
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Cedar Rapids - an island of urbanity amidst corn fields and all "good" stuff sprayed on them. If "Living in the country" means living on an 10 acre plot with no neighbors in sight, it's just not Iowan style. I don't know why but Iowans mostly reside in small towns or on farms. I guess it's taxes and/or rich agricultural soil driving sprawl costs up. There is no "country" like suburban sprawl around Cedar Rapids, you'll have to look into small town life.
I wouldn't say that. Around 64% (almost 2/3) of the population lives in urban areas, with the population living in metropolitan areas growing by 460,000 since 1990. From 1,222,000 to 1,680,000, or well over half. The rural population has now dropped by over 33% from its peak. During that same time the urban population has grown by 233%.

Shockingly the actual farm population now only makes up around 5.5% of the state's population.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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Cedar Rapids is the city of 5 smells. Cedar Rapids is 20 miles from a VERY LIBERAL Iowa City. Many people commute back and forth daily.

The city has a decent downtown size and many of the out skirt towns still have that "small town conservative" feel.

You might consider Marion or Hiawatha and farther outside of those cities.

Keep in mind the floods devastated downtown Cedar Rapids and they are in a HUGE recovery/rebuilding stage.
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