Cedar Falls, IA
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Cedar Falls is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 41,255 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Cedar Falls is the 13th largest community in Iowa.

Cedar Falls real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although Cedar Falls house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Cedar Falls is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cedar Falls is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cedar Falls who work in office and administrative support (14.97%), sales jobs (10.75%), and food service (9.60%).

Of important note, Cedar Falls is also a city of artists. Cedar Falls has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cedar Falls’s character.

Because Cedar Falls has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Cedar Falls lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Cedar Falls is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Cedar Falls people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

One of the benefits of Cedar Falls is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.15 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Cedar Falls is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.56% of adults in Cedar Falls have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Cedar Falls in 2010 was $25,850, which is upper middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $103,400 for a family of four. However, Cedar Falls contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Cedar Falls home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cedar Falls residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Cedar Falls include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Cedar Falls is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.