Cedar Rapids is the second-largest city in Iowa and consistently ranks among the top cities in “Best Of” lists compiled by national media.
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Cedar Rapids consistently ranks among the top cities in “Best Of” lists compiled by national media outlets. It ranks as one of America's Best Cities on the Rise, according to Smarter Travel, placing #11 as an exceptional, up-and-coming destination offering more than meets the eye. Cedar Rapids is one of the Best Places for Affordable Homes, according to CNN, Fortune and Money magazine, ranking #4 for median home price and median family income.
The city is the largest corn-processing metro in the world, the second-largest producer of wind energy in the United States, and one of the leading manufacturing regions in the U.S. It is also one of the leading bio-processing and food ingredient centers in North America and one of a few cities in the world with government offices located on an island. Cedar Rapids is home to almost 300 different manufacturing plants and two dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Rockwell Collins, General Mills and Quaker Oats.