Cedar Rapids

 

Population

2010: 126,326, #196 in U.S., #2 in Iowa

1950: 72,296, #158 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 257,940, #176 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 104,274, #143 in U.S.

Setting

Cedar Rapids was founded in 1838 on the Cedar River. City Hall and the Linn County Courthouse are located on Mays Island, in the middle of the river. Riverfront Park is on the west side of the river, across from downtown. Coe College is just northeast of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: Alliant Tower (1972), 285 feet

Stores

Cedar Rapids has no downtown department stores. Downtown has skyways connecting the second floors of buildings on about 15 blocks.

Trains

Amtrak has no service to Cedar Rapids.

Museums

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and the Koehler History Center are located downtown.



Cedar Rapids and Cedar River

Theaters

Downtown Cedar Rapids has no movie theaters. The Paramount Theater (1928), a restored movie palace, hosts touring Broadway shows, Orchestra Iowa, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

The Iowa Theater (1928) is a former movie theater that is now the home of Theatre Cedar Rapids.

Sports

The Cedar Rapids Kernels, Single-A Midwest League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, play at Veterans Memorial Stadium (2002), west of downtown. The U.S. Cellular Center (1979) has sporting events, touring Broadway shows, and concerts.

Map of Downtown Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Downtown District