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A+ Cedar Falls Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Cedar Falls Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% higher than Iowa
Cedar Falls
955% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Cedar Falls cost of living
B+ Cedar Falls Crime Total crime is 10% lower than Iowa
Total crime
2,17521% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4621% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
25%Year over year crime is up
Cedar Falls crime
C Cedar Falls Employment Household income is 7% higher than Iowa
Median household income
$58,5446% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$29,1812% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%30% lower than the US average
Cedar Falls employment
D Cedar Falls Housing Home value is 29% higher than Iowa
Median home value
$171,4007% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$79316% lower than the US average
Home ownership
65%2% higher than the US average
Cedar Falls real estate or Cedar Falls rentals
A+ Cedar Falls Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Iowa
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
86%75% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:114% lower than the US average
Cedar Falls K-12 schools or Cedar Falls colleges

Living in Cedar Falls, IA

Cedar Falls is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Iowa. The city has a population of 40,828 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (93% White). Given that fact, Cedar Falls could be considered less diverse than other cities. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Cedar Falls residents is 27. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 83% of the population considered married and 61% with kids under the age of 18, Cedar Falls could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Cedar Falls is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in Iowa, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, weather, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Cedar Falls and in the areas around Cedar Falls is a much easier task.

Cedar Falls has a livability score of 82 out of 100 and is ranked #45 in Iowa and #1,090 in the USA. Based on this score, Cedar Falls would be considered a very livable city! Cedar Falls is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Cedar Falls has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A-) and education (A+). On a less positive note, Cedar Falls does not have favorable grades for the following: weather (F) and housing (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Cedar Falls on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

The average school test scores in Cedar Falls are 86%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Cedar Falls is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Cedar Falls come in at $171,400, which is 29.1% higher than the Iowa average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Cedar Falls, the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 20.8% higher than the Iowa average.

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Cedar Falls - Safer than Waterloo

For years I lived in Waterloo. I work at John Deere Engine Works, and it was nice not having to drive so far to work. When I house came up for sale in Cedar Falls, however, I jumped on it. The drive isn't terrible, and living in Cedar Falls feels so safe and secure. The community is pretty good and shopping isn't terrible. Mostly I love the peace of mind that living in Cedar Falls provides, and when my toddler is old enough to enter school, I'm sure that I'll appreciate the better school system.

The best places to eat in Cedar Falls are Whiskey Roads if you're looking for some amazing drinks or Noble Oaks if you're in the mood for some great BBQ and a tasty dessert afterwards. We also have a variety of Mexican options. My favorite is Los Cabos, great for the entire family. If you look hard enough, I think we even have sushi.
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