Cedar Falls began as a mill town on the Cedar River and has evolved into the progressive, flourishing city it is today. Recognized as one of the best places in the U.S. to retire and one of the top 10 school districts in the country, Cedar Falls is a Midwest city that’s captured national attention.
An educational and economic hub, Cedar Falls provides the best education and employment opportunities for residents. It’s home to a top-ranked school system and to the University of Northern Iowa, one of Iowa’s three state schools and a major employer in the area. Known for its strong education and business programs and nationally ranked sports teams, UNI is also a key source of arts and culture in the area. The sports complexes and performing arts center on campus host many concerts, plays, and shows throughout the year. Many town celebrations also revolve around art and live music, from ARTaplooza to Fondo Fest.
If you want to grow a business, Cedar Falls is the place to do it. As the first gigabit city in Iowa and one of the first in the U.S., all residents and businesses have access to high-speed internet. The ever-expanding industrial and technology park in town is home to many major manufacturers and employers, including Ashley Furniture, Viking Pump, and Target.
Ready to have fun? Explore more than 100 miles of hard-surface recreational trails, soft trails, and water trails. From Hartman Reserve Nature Center to the Cedar River and several local lakes, there are plenty of opportunities to kayak, fish, and paddleboard. Stroll through the vibrant downtown area, where you’ll find more than 30 shops and 20 restaurants and bars. Take the kids to one of 45 parks and nature areas, including Iowa’s first inclusive, handicap-accessible playground. And don’t forget to visit historical landmarks, such as the Black Hawk Hotel and the Ice House Museum, and participate in the town’s yearly Sturgis Falls Celebration.
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School District: Cedar Falls Community Schools
Ranked 9th best job market in the U.S.
45 parks and nature areas in and around town
Ranked as one of the top 10 school districts in the country by U.S. News and World Report