Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids: The second most populous city in Iowa. It is located on the Cedar River in eastern Iowa. Cedar Rapids is known for its many manufacturing companies, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Science and History.


Cedar Rapids is a city located in the county of Linn in the U.S. state of Iowa. Its population at the 2010 census was 126,326 and a population density of 677 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 134,027 inhabitants.

The city was created 175 years ago in 1848.

Cedar Rapids was established in 1838 along the Cedar River and incorporated as a city in 1849. It was originally called Rapids City but was soon renamed Cedar Rapids.

The city's location near fast-moving water allowed it to become a center for flour and oat milling. Other industries like meatpacking, ready-mix concrete and farm equipment also drove Cedar Rapids' growth in the late 1800s.

Key Facts About Modern Cedar Rapids

Here are some key details about Cedar Rapids today:

  • Population: Over 133,000 residents, making it the second largest city in Iowa behind Des Moines.
  • Economy: Major companies include Rockwell Collins aerospace and defense, Quaker Oats, Transamerica Corporation, and Cargill protein operations. Healthcare is also a top employer.
  • Neighborhoods: Areas include a revitalized Downtown, active Czech Village/New Bohemia district, residential Time Check and Kingston Village.
  • Attractions: Top sites include the National Czech & Slovak Museum, African American Museum of Iowa, Paramount Theatre, and Indian Creek Nature Center.
  • Parks and Rec: Cedar Rapids has 90+ parks encompassing 2,000 acres of land with trails, gardens, sports fields and the Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Cedar Rapids has rebounded from past natural disasters to grow into Iowa's hub for economic and cultural activity. The community continues to invest in high quality of life for residents.

Cedar Rapids locator map
Location of Cedar Rapids on Iowa map.

Quick Facts about Cedar Rapids

Population : 134,027 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Iowa (United States)
County : Linn County
Postal code : 52400–52499
Phone Area Codes : 319
Area : 186.64 km2
Altitude : 810 feet / 247 meters
Capital city : Cedar Rapids is capital of Linn County
Establishment : January 01, 1849 (175 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 04:00:33 (15th April 2024)
Density : 718 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 5.75% (2010-2020)
Cedar Rapids skyline image
Cedar Rapids skyline
Cedar Rapids skyline image


Cedar Rapids is located at 42°0'30"N 91°38'39"W (42.0083300, -91.6440700).

Cedar Rapids map


The population of Cedar Rapids increased by 5.75% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 126,326 - census
2011 128,231 1.49% estimation process
2012 128,478 0.19% estimation process
2013 128,826 0.27% estimation process
2014 129,662 0.64% estimation process
2015 130,832 0.89% estimation process
2016 131,397 0.43% estimation process
2017 132,564 0.88% estimation process
2018 133,209 0.48% estimation process
2019 133,562 0.26% estimation process
2020 134,027 0.35% estimation process

Cedar Rapids zip code is 52401. County name: Linn, County fips: 19113

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People born in Cedar Rapids (171)

People born in Cedar Rapids, including actor Ashton Kutcher, sport wrestler and mixed martial artist Ben Askren, pentathlete Everett Bradley, .


Schools in Cedar Rapids

College & universities near Cedar Rapids, IA

Code Name City ZIP
154013 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids (IA) 52402-4797
153144 Coe College Cedar Rapids (IA) 52402-5092
366571 Mercy-St Luke's School of Radiologic Technology Cedar Rapids (IA) 52402
153083 Capri College-Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids (IA) 52404
153418 Purdue University Global-Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids (IA) 52404

Stations (4)

Amtrak & bus stations near Cedar Rapids, IA

Code Name Address Type
DVP Davenport, Iowa 304 West River Drive BUS
RKI Rock Island, IL 3500 5th Avenue BUS
MLI Moline, Illinois 1200 River Drive BUS
MTP Mount Pleasant 418 North Adams Street RAIL

Post offices near Cedar Rapids

Post Office Name City ZIP
Cedar Rapid Post Office Cedar Rapids (IA) 52401
Northeast Station Post Office Cedar Rapids (IA) 52402
Hiawatha Post Office Hiawatha (IA) 52233
Marion Post Office Marion (IA) 52302
West Station Post Office Cedar Rapids (IA) 52404

Other places with the same name (2)

Other cities in Linn County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Linn County , IA. (more)

City Name Population Title
Marion 40,780 The county seat of Linn County, Iowa.
Hiawatha 7,466 City in Iowa
Mount Vernon 4,528 City in Linn County, Iowa
Robins 3,570 City in Linn County, Iowa, United States
Fairfax 2,934 City in Iowa, United States
Center Point 2,560 City in Iowa
Ely 2,382 City in Linn County, Iowa, United States
Lisbon 2,252 City in Iowa, USA
Central City 1,296 City in Iowa, USA
Springville 1,149 City in Linn County, Iowa, United States of America
Palo 1,075 City in Linn County, Iowa, United States
Walker 782 City in Iowa
Alburnett 712 City in Linn County, Iowa, United States
Coggon 669 Human settlement in Linn County, Iowa, United States of America
Bertram 278 City in Linn County, Iowa, United States
Prairieburg 190 City in Linn County, Iowa, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Cedar Rapids distances to largest Iowa cities