With the University of Northern Iowa and major corporations calling the Cedar Valley home, our community is an exciting mix of cultures and backgrounds, young and old, families and single professionals.
Abundant and
Affordable Housing
Whether you prefer downtown condo living, historic neighborhoods, booming new residential developments, or living on a large acreage, your housing dollar goes a long way in the Cedar Valley. In 2011, MSN Real Estate named Waterloo-Cedar Falls the 4th Most Livable Bargain Market in the nation.
Distances from the Cedar Valley to major cities
I absolutely love the Cedar Valley and plan to stay here indefinitely... the perfect balance between small town and bigger city - Ron Rabue
Cost of living
Source: ACCRA Cost-of-Living Index, 2013: 2nd quarter. Index is based on an average of 100.
Year-Round Sports
and Recreation
The Cedar Valley's commitment to quality-of-life shines through in its extensive recreational trails, state and county parks, professional and collegiate sport teams, seven public golf courses, and indoor hockey rink. The stunning, new $23 million Cedar Valley SportsPlex is now open and includes indoor soccer fields, basketball courts, swimming pools, walking track and workout areas. The Cedar Valley Trails system was uniquely designed as a series of loops, meaning you can choose the distance you want to ride and still end up back at your vehicle at the end. Enjoy all of these amenities with views of the Cedar River, several lakes and natural prairies.
Art and Culture
The Cedar Valley's cultural scene rivals that of much larger metropolitan areas. From Blue Man Group to Mannheim Steamroller, the state-of-the-art Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center presents big-name artists and productions. Boasting a professional symphony orchestra, several theater companies, and museums of every variety, the Cedar Valley provides opportunities to bask in culture any day of the week.
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Community Festivals
and Attractions
Cedar Valley residents look forward to summer, because it's time for the Sturgis Falls Celebration (founder's celebration), My Waterloo Days, and the Iowa Irish Fest (located at Jameson's, voted Iowa's most popular Irish Bar). The Waterloo Open, the state's longest running professional golf tournament, and Lost Island Water Park are popular venues that draw locals and tourists alike.
Historic Downtown
Districts and Shopping
Our award-winning Main Street districts offer unmatched charm along with unique shopping and dining establishments, in addition to seasonal events and attractions. The Cedar Valley provides you the major retail chains and department stores you want, as well as an array of boutique and specialty stores.
Dining and
Night-life Options
Whether you're looking for a casual family dining experience, your favorite ethnic cuisine, or a sophisticated night on the town, it's all available to you in the Cedar Valley. Those who enjoy the night-life have their choice of martini bars, comedy clubs, live music venues, and sports bars. Below is a sampling of unique venues the area offers.
One of the Best Small
Places for Business
and Careers
Forbes named Waterloo as the #10 small U.S. city where businesses and careers thrive. Forbes recognized the region's broad industrial economic base, along with our strong cultural and educational resources.
A Thriving Manufacturing and Technology Sector
The Cedar Valley is home to a wealth of successful manufacturing and technology companies. Business owners and employees appreciate how the community fosters business development, entrepreneurship, and creativity.
Strong Professional Networks
The Cedar Valley boasts a healthy support network for businesses and professionals. Local organizations, like The Cedar Valley Manufacturers Association offer opportunities to connect and share ideas.
University of
Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa is one of three Iowa state Regents‘ universities, with approximately 12,000 students. UNI has earned national acclaim, including recognition from The Princeton Review as a “Best Business School” for six consecutive years.
Community College
One of Iowa's fifteen community colleges and home to nearly 7,000 students, Hawkeye Community College features many stunning, new facilities to prepare students for advanced, technical careers including nursing, advanced manufacturing, dental hygiene, and civil and construction engineering technology.
Wartburg College
Wartburg is a private four-year liberal arts college of 1,799 students. U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review rank Wartburg among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation.
Public School Systems
Iowa is known nationwide as a leader in education. This year, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance, local business, and area schools collaborated to launch “Leader Valley.” Based on Stephen Covey's Seven Habits, this initiative works to better-prepare the 21st century workforce.