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Cedar Rapids Information

Some people may think Iowa is nothing more than cornfields. But as the second largest metro area in the state, Cedar Rapids quickly proves that theory wrong. Cedar Rapids really is the perfect college town. 

There are over 100 restaurants in the area ranging from American to Vietnamese fare, 100 night spots that offer anything from listening to the latest hits to country line dancing, a variety of activities for the arts buff as well as the outdoorsy type, and the friendliness of a small community all in one place. Discover Cedar Rapids and enjoy yourself!

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The Region - Iowa's Creative Corridor

Discover Cedar Rapids and the surrounding region, known as Iowa's Creative Corridor.

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Business, Industry and Internships

Cedar Rapids is in the heart of one of the leading manufacturing regions in the U.S. and one of the leading bio-processing and food ingredient centers in North America. It is the largest corn-processing city in the world.

Mays Island, Cedar Rapids

As the home to nearly 300 manufacturing plants and Fortune 500 companies, including Rockwell Collins, General Mills and Quaker Oats, Cedar Rapids provides an abundance of internship opportunities for Coe students.

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One of the Nation's Best Communities

With a metropolitan population of more than 267,000 residents, Cedar Rapids consistently ranks as one of the nation's top communities to live, work, play and raise a family. Recent accolades Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities have earned include being among the best places in America to live, educate children, do business, commute and volunteer.

Check out the complete list of recent national rankings and recognition received by Cedar Rapids.

The Arts

Would you believe a cultural Mecca exists in the middle of cornfields and farms? We can! Enjoy a play, musical or opera performed by fellow Coe students and Cedar Rapidians at Theatre Cedar Rapids, located within walking distance of campus. Catch a Broadway tour or concert at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse or the Paramount Theatre. Check out art by locals or see visiting exhibits at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art or the Cedar Rapids Area Cultural Alliance.


The area offers minor league baseball and hockey teams, and several sports facilities where everyone can play. Check out just a few of the many sports offerings:

  • Cedar Rapids Kernels: As an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the CR Kernels heat up eastern Iowa with great all-American entertainment.
  • Cedar Rapids RoughRiders: Professional Hockey Club: Enjoy a night of hard-hitting hockey with the local club.
  • BMX Track: Biking your thing? Try out this track for BMX bike riding. 
  • Riverside Skate Park: The skate park is a new facility that provides a safe environment for extreme sports such as in-line skating, skateboarding and biking. 


Visit the many parks around the area for climbing, camping, canoeing, biking, hiking, frisbee golf, etc.


With a major shopping mall in Cedar Rapids and one of the largest shopping malls in Iowa down the road (located in Iowa City), your favorite store is never far away! Cedar Rapids is also home to fabulous boutiques that cater to many tastes. Whether it's a local shop in the historic downtown area of Cedar Rapids, or a mall you're looking for, we have you covered!


Cedar Rapids is home to two major hospitals - St. Luke's Hospital is located very conveniently right across the street from Coe, and Mercy Medical Center is a few short blocks from campus.