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The City of Cedar Rapids is the 2nd largest city in Iowa with a population of 135,810 as of July 1, 2021. Cedar Rapids ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cedar Rapids is located at latitude 42.0083 and longitude -91.6441 in Linn County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cedar Rapids encompass a land area of 70.8 sq. miles and a water area of 1.27 sq. miles. Linn County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 807 feet.

The City of Cedar Rapids has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Cedar Rapids is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Linn County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cedar Rapids: Columbus.

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Cedar Rapids, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 135,810 (100%)
Population in Households 132,256 (97.4%)
Population in Families 96,561 (71.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3,554 ( 2.6%)
Population Density 1,896
Diversity Index2 38


Median Household Income $57,340
Average Household Income $74,804
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $31,597
Wealth Index5 74


Total HU (Housing Units) 62,425 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 39,723 (63.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,731 (28.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,971 ( 8.0%)
Median Home Value $166,472
Average Home Value $211,752
Housing Affordability Index3 168


Total Households 57,454
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 32,772
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.66% 0.78%
Households 0.69% 0.81%
Families 0.53% 0.66%
Median Household Income   1.22%
Per Capita Income   1.84%
Owner Occupied HU   1.14%

Cedar Rapids, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cedar Rapids to the other 1,008 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density # 32 97th
Median Household Income # 579 43rd
Housing Affordability Index # 283 28th
Per Capita Income # 450 55th
Diversity Index # 55 95th

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