Communities You Can Call Home
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa, and is one of the best places in Iowa to live, work and play. Home to almost 300 manufacturing plants and two dozen Fortune 500 companies, it provides a wide variety of employment opportunities. Cedar Rapids is known as the City of Five Seasons because of its big city feel and small-town ease of living. The city offers some of the best schools in the state and was named the Best Place in America for Children by SmartAsset.
- Population: 133,601
- Schools: 26 preschools, 34 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, and 9 high schools
- Awards: #1 Best Place in America for Children by SmartAsset, #3 Happiest city in America, #8 Best Affordable Places to Live, CNN Money Best Places for Affordable Homes
- Crime rate: 13% lower than the national average
- Avg. Selling Price: $146,323
Iowa City is consistently ranked as one of the greatest places to live in the United States. Home to the University of Iowa, the cultural hub features a vibrant and inclusive community and is one of the top 10 most educated metros in the country. Thanks to the city’s entrepreneurial spirit and proximity to the University, residents have access to unique career opportunities. As the 5th healthiest city in America, Iowa city has the second highest physician-to-population ratio of any city in the United States.
- Population: 79,374
- Schools: 15 preschools, 12 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 4 high schools
- Awards: Second least-stressed city in America by SmartAsset, Named the only UNESCO City of Literature in the United States by the United Nations, 3rd Best place to live in America by Outside Magazine, 6th Easiest city to find a job by Zip Recruiter
- Crime rate: 15% lower than the national average
- Avg. Selling Price: $244,837
Located just outside of Iowa City, Coralville enjoys many of the benefits of the Iowa City community culture. It is a great place for families to live, as it is one of the safest communities in the area. Coralville also features the recently redeveloped Iowa River Landing, which brings various dining, shopping, and entertainment venues to the area.
- Population: 18,228
- Schools: 3 preschools, 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools
- Awards: Tree City USA Award, EPA Region 7 Phoenix Award
- Crime rate: 44% lower than the national average
- Avg. Selling Price: $265,927
North Liberty, Coralville’s neighbor to the north, is in the heart of Iowa’s Creative Corridor and is one of the fastest growing communities in Iowa. It is developing into an industrial and commercial hub. North Liberty also opened the brand-new Liberty High School in 2017.
- Population: 15,244
- Schools: 5 preschools, 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school
- Crime rate: 76% lower than national average
- Avg. Selling Price: $215,382
Solon is a small community located near Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Its proximity to these larger cities makes it an ideal place for families to live while still having access to the employment and entertainment opportunities of nearby communities. Home to Randall Park and Lake Macbride State Park, Solon offers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities for all to enjoy.
- Population: 7,368
- Schools: 2 preschools, 1 elementary school, 1 middle school, 1 high school
- Crime rate: 49% lower than national average
- Avg. Selling Price: $229,859
Riverside is a small city in the Iowa City Metro area. It is a great place for families looking for rural properties near larger communities.
- Population: 4,104
- Schools: 1 preschool, 1 elementary school, 1 middle school, 1 high school
Williamsburg is a rural town located in Iowa County, and is best known as a livestock and agricultural center.
- Population: 3,175
- Schools: 2 preschools, 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school
The Amana Colonies are a group of settlements of German Pietists. The area, made up of seven villages, is a major tourist attraction known for its traditional, quality restaurants and craft shops.
- Population: 442
- Schools: 2 preschools, 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school
Known for its historic charm, Kalona is the second largest city in Washington County. Its residents and visitors enjoy the eclectic Amish shops, restaurants and antiques it offers.
- Population: 4,660
- Schools: 3 preschools, 1 elementary school, 1 middle school, 2 high schools
Known as “A Town That Cares,” Wellman is a great rural town for families to live in. The Mid-Prairie high school is located in Wellman and the town’s golf course is one of only two sand green courses in Iowa.
- Population: 1,408
- Schools: 2 preschools, 1 elementary school, 1 high school