Time for a change?

Considering a change of pace? Want the opportunity to own a home (with a yard), send your kids to amazing and safe public schools, and ditch the crazy commute? Maybe you think a place in Iowa can’t offer exciting career opportunities, educated and diverse neighbors, award-winning dining and entertainment, and that cool factor that lured you to the big city. Take another look. The Iowa City-Cedar Rapids metro is home to almost half a million people, the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!), and internationally recognized industries like Collins Aerospace, ACT, and General Mills. We offer a Big Ten college town lifestyle with a 15-minute commute, award winning public schools, and homes that you can afford without a roommate. We are educated, diverse, and, well, the cool kids of the Midwest. Some call us the “Austin of Iowa,” but we prefer ICR. Check us out!

New to Iowa City-Cedar Rapids? Let us help you get connected! Wingman is a program designed to help ICR newcomers navigate their new home. Through the program, newcomers (that’s YOU!) are connected to a Wingman, a community champion with a robust network and knowledge of the region. Consider it a “first friend” who can answer questions, make connections, and help you take flight in ICR. The program is open to anyone newly locating in our region. To get started, go the the webpage and take our Pre-Flight Checklist so we can find a Wingman that shares some common interests.





19 minutes

Average commute

Why We Love ICR Iowa

  1. Our neighbors are smart and reliable.
  2. We never worry about earthquakes.
  3. A 15-minute commute IS rush hour.
  4. Our kids go to award-winning PUBLIC schools.
  5. 10 gigabytes is how we roll.
  6. Have you seen the Kinnick Wave?
  7. We can afford houses without roommates.
  8. Time for dinner parties and little league (see #3).
  9. Yep, we really are Iowa Nice.
  10. That Big Ten college vibe! Go Hawks!


Want to own your home? Here, you can! The average home price in ICR comes in at $212,000 — well below the national average of $299,000. Housing development in downtown Cedar Rapids and Iowa City has exploded in recent years, so modern lofts and updated cottage homes are available for those who enjoy urban lifestyles. Suburban communities like Coralville, Marion, Solon, North Liberty, and Hiawatha continue to add new subdivisions with amenities ideal for growing families. If you are pining for a fixer-upper farmhouse or a renovated Victorian, we have those too. Check out Washington, Vinton, Amana, Mt. Vernon, and Williamsburg for a small town setting with plenty of charm.


Iowa’s public school graduation rates are the highest in the country, and that rate continues to rise. In ICR, we have some of the top ranked schools in the state, largely based on Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings, dual-enrollment, and overall student achievement. Innovation in and outside the classroom is a core part of our culture. In-school programs like Iowa BIG, CASL, and the Kirkwood Career Academies add project-based learning and certifications into student curriculum. The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Students and after-school or summer enrichment programs including College for Kids, Coder DoJo, First Lego Leagues, and a wide-variety of educational, recreational, and cultural programs offered through the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College create opportunities for every student.

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