Cedar Rapids is not your run-of-the-mill community. Its unique features are attracting new people to the area and encouraging “boomerangs” to move back home.
Dana Larson was raised here and left for college and a career that took her to San Francisco and New York City. But 27 years later, Larson chose to relocate with her two young children back to her hometown, where she says she’s found great schools, affordable housing, a short commute and a strong community.
Larson and other “boomerangs” say they have discovered not only these amenities but also a renewed energy here buzzing with startups, new festivals and expanded parks.