Cedar Falls, IA

Cedar Falls profile

Living in Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls is a medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 40,536 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Cedar Falls is the 13th largest community in Iowa.

Cedar Falls is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.29% 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 sales jobs (12.55%), office and administrative support (11.82%), and food service (8.60%).

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.

Cedar Falls is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Cedar Falls have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Cedar Falls’s economy is one such example of this.

Cedar Falls, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Cedar Falls spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.82 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Cedar Falls is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.41% 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 2018 was $34,857, which is wealthy relative to Iowa, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,428 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.