The freshness of Linn County is hard to match. It’s an oyster for anyone to experience the wilderness of the Great Lakes from the laps of a pulsating city life. The county holds the second largest city of Iowa, Cedar Rapids as its county seat.
The city of Cedar Rapids spearheads the economic progress of the region. Small little towns, hidden within local geography, have become busy bedroom communities and vibrant suburbs. Some of them like Fairfax, Marion, Swisher are doing well on the road to becoming top-class cities. The growing number of shopping malls like Lindale Mall, Westdale Mall and the Northland Square and a booming food scene is a direct proof of rapid growth.
Cedar Rapids is quite humble in its contributions. It was once home to the Wright brothers and also the hometown of Grant Wood. It was here that Grant Woods created one of America’s most famous painting, the American Gothic. It is also the hometown of Hollywood’s two most celebrated actors, Elijah Wood and Ashton Kutcher. The “City of Five Seasons” is also popular for its savvy city planning, which ranks it among the best in commuting time and public services. For a mid-sized city, has an amazing number of clean parks, peaceful golf courses, and well-maintained swimming pools. Staying locked in your home is almost impossible.
The Linn County is further an important center for arts and culture. It is home to the grand villa of Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site. Other than that, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is home to an amazing variety of Midwest paintings, most of which are icons of 19th century Americana. The Paramount Theatre, established in 1920’s, is a cultural giant that dominates the performing arts scene in the area.
The education scene is diverse and vast. It houses many reputed institutions like the Coe College, Upper Iowa University, Kaplan University and Mount Mercy University. In the economic sphere, it is a dominant player in the agricultural sector. Huge investments into corn production, ethanol manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics have helped the region to develop its own mini-economy. Two Fortune 500 companies, Rockwell Collins and CRST are headquartered here, along with the presence of giants like Quaker Oats, General Mills, and Nordstrom.
But the charm of Linn lies beyond the ever-growing cityscape. Before it became urbanized, the county was washed by the endless meadows of the Great Plains. And once you leave the city limits, you can breathe in the freshness of the prairie air. The open valleys and grasslands of the Indian Creek Nature Center provide for excellent picnicking spots. Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area is another lovely place where you can enjoy the countryside air along with scenic vistas of the vast expanse of grasslands.
Interstate 380, which runs down from Waterloo passes through the county down into Iowa City, where it merges with Interstate 80. To the east is the metropolis of Chicago and Milwaukee, while to the west is the state capital, Des Moines. If you are planning to move into Iowa, Linn County is a great place to live. At New Home Source, we have a number of beautiful properties strewn across all cities and towns in the county.