Cedar Rapids, Iowa






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A Taste of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT CEDAR RAPIDS?

  1. Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city population was to 126,326.

  2. Cedar Rapids is nicknamed the "City of Five Seasons", for the "fifth season" which is time to enjoy the other four. The symbol of the five seasons is the Tree of Five Seasons sculpture in downtown along the north river bank. The name "Five Seasons" and representations of the sculpture appear throughout the city in many forms.

  3. During the Iowa flood of 2008, the Cedar River surpassed the 500-year flood plain and placed an estimated 1300 city blocks, or 9 square miles, on both banks of the river under water. Nearly 4,000 homes were evacuated. The Cedar River reached a record high of 31.2 feet on June 13, 2008. Over 300 homes are to be destroyed in the Cedar Rapids area.

  4. In 2003, the African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa opened its doors.

  5. Cedar Rapids is one of the largest cities in the world for corn processing. The grain processing industry is Cedar Rapids' most important sector, directly providing 4,000 jobs that pay on average $85,000, and also providing 8,000 indirectly. Fortune 500 company Rockwell Collins is based in Cedar Rapids, and Aegon has its United States headquarters there. A large Quaker Oats mill, one of the four that merged in 1901 to form Quaker Oats, dominates the north side of downtown. Other large companies that have facilities in Cedar Rapids include Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, General Mills, and Nordstrom. Newspaperarchive, based in Cedar Rapids, is the largest newspaper archive in North America with a repository of more than 150 million pages assembled over 250 years; it was taken offline for two days by the 2008 flood.

  6. The median income for a household in the city was $43,704, and the median income for a family was $54,286. Males had a median income of $37,217 versus $26,251 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,589. About 4.9% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under the age of 18 and 6.9% of those 65 or older.

Radio Stations
KCCK 88.3 FM Cedar Rapids, IA Kirkwood Community College Jazz
WMT 96.5 FM Cedar Rapids, IA Hot AC
KDAT 104.5 FM Cedar Rapids, IA Adult Contemporary
KGYM 1600 AM Cedar Rapids, IA Sports

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Demographics of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

91.86%

3.71%

0.25%

1.77%

1.71%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA: Leading Commentator on Race in America Jelani Cobb to Speak

Jelani Cobb


One of America's leading commentators on race, Jelani Cobb, will be the speaker for the 14th Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Cobb is an award-winning writer at The New Yorker magazine, where he has penned a remarkable series of articles about race, the police and injustice. He is regarded as of the country's top scholars in African American history and teaches in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Tickets are available at no charge at www.coe.edu/boxoffice, or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.

In 2015, Cobb received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, in which he combined "the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian." His best-known articles include "The Anger in Ferguson," "Murders in Charleston," and "What We Talk About When We Talk About Reparations." To read the complete news release, click here.

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Famous Blacks from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

     
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Businesses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Anointed Hands Hair Salon -  Category: Hair Salons -   1702 4th Avenue Se Cedar Rapids, IA (319) 364-4344

  2. Lashae's Ultimate Touch -  Category: Hair Salons -   1044 Mount Vernon Road Southeast, - Cedar Rapids, IA (319) 398-0967

  3. Tasha's Hair Salon -  Category: Hair Salons -  1569 1st Avenue Southeast, - Cedar Rapids, IA (319) 363-3931

  4. Urban Trends -  Category: Hair Salons -  3800 Wilson Avenue Southwest Suite A, - Cedar Rapids, IA (319) 396-5227

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BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.

  1. Angel Taylor -  Category: Realtor -  African American Realtor in Iowa - Exit Realty Hawkeye - Licensed Realtorģ in The State of Iowa  710 Pacha Pkwy, Ste 3 North Liberty, IA 52317 C: 319-594-1403 O: 319-626-2200  - (visit website)

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CULTURE

  1. African American Museum -  Category: Black Museums -  "Worth the visit nice place. excellent exhibits. Definitely worth the visit. Though it was damaged by flood a little bit, they restored the entire place to its original condition."   - 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-2202 (319) 862-2101   - (visit website)

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CITY VIDEO CONNECTION


Erin Thomas, Education Director for the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, talks about the museum's preschool education program.

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CHURCHES



  1. Bethel AME Church -  512 6th Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (319) 363-1251

  2. Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church -  6621 C Avenue Northeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (319) 364-6592  - (visit website)

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ANNUAL EVENTS



  1. Annual Banquet
    (April)   Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Cedar Rapids   - (visit website)

    The Museumís annual banquet celebrates the educational achievements of the year, and acts as a fundraiser for the Museumís educational programs.


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SCHOOLS

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