Cedar Falls is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 40,713 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Cedar Falls is the 14th largest community in Iowa.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Cedar Falls is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 sales jobs (12.04%), office and administrative support (10.93%), and food service (9.39%).
Also of interest is that Cedar Falls has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
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.
Cedar Falls, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
One of the benefits of Cedar Falls is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.67 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.
The citizens of Cedar Falls are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.48% of adults in Cedar Falls have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Cedar Falls in 2018 was $36,150, which is wealthy relative to Iowa, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,600 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 German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Cedar Falls is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Urdu.