Ten fun facts about Cedar Rapids

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Fact 1
The city lies on both banks of the Cedar River, 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Iowa City and 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Des Moines, the state's capital and largest city.

Fact 2
Cedar Rapids was one of a few cities in the world, along with Paris, France, with governmental offices on a municipal island.

Fact 3
A flourishing center for arts and culture in Eastern Iowa, the city is home to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, the Paramount Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids, the African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, and the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance.


Fact 4
Cedar Rapids is an economic hub of the state.

Fact 5
The city is also the setting for a musical, The Pajama Game and the comedy film Cedar Rapids.

Fact 6
Cedar Rapids has been residence to famous figures for the United States, including American Gothic painter Grant Wood, journalist and historian William L. Shirer, writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten, and aerodynamics pioneer Dr. Alexander Lippisch.

Fact 7
In the 1990s and 2000s, Hollywood would feature several Cedar Rapidians including actors Bobby Driscoll, Ashton Kutcher, Elijah Wood, and Ron Livingston.

Fact 8
Cedar Rapids is nicknamed the “City of Five Seasons”, for the “fifth season”, which is time to enjoy the other four.

Fact 9
The area has also produced a number of professional athletes such as Ryan Sweeney, Trent Green, Zach Johnson, and Kurt Warner.

Fact 10
Cedar Rapids is one of the largest cities in the world for corn processing.


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