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  • University of Northern Iowa Ranked No. 2 regional public university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, September 2022

  • AARP named Cedar Falls as one of the Best Places to Live and Retire Now. Calling the community "Midwest nice in a high-tech town." Noting that every home and business is connected to fiber broadband. Another highlight - 80 percent of residents live near parks and recreational facilities.   November 2021

  • Cedar Falls Utilities announced that customers can upgrade to 10 gigabit per second internet service. Our municipal utility general manager, Steve Bernard, said "The upgrade is a community asset that supports innovation in business, education and government in Cedar Falls." also named Cedar Falls Utilities as the fastest internet service provider in the country, June 17, 2020.

  • The Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau and Experience Waterloo received the 2020 Iowa Tourism Outstanding Marketing Collaboration award at the Iowa Tourism Conference for their joint effort on which is a comprehensive online calendar for visitors and residents, March 3, 2020  

  •, a resource for those age 55 and older looking for an active, adult community in the United States, reported that Cedar Falls is one of the Most Affordable Samll Towns to Retire in 2019, March 25, 2019

  • The Des Moines Register states that Cedar Falls & Waterloo are ranked the 9th Best Job Market in the USA according to ZIPPIA, June 21, 2018

  • 24/7 Wall St has ranked Cedar Falls as one of the top 10 places to retire, April 27, 2018

  • According to U.S. News & World Report, Infrastructure, Health Care, Education Lead Iowa to No. 1 Best States Ranking, February 27, 2018

  • Barn Happy was named Iowa's Outstanding Retail Experience by the Iowa Tourism Industry because of the quality experience, local vendors and Iowa products available and their outstanding customer service, October 26, 2017

  •  The BlackHawk Hotel was chosen as Iowa's Outstanding Lodging Property by the Iowa Tourism Industry for it's historical significance, quality furnishings and renovation, outstanding customer service and its connection to the community, October 26, 2017

  • Local volunteer, Rosemary Beach, was honored as Iowa's Outstanding Individual Leader by the Iowa Tourism Industry. She has been an unpaid volunteer who has helped initiate several community events and important tourism endeavors over a period of more than 40 years, October 26, 2017  

  • Cedar Falls voted Best Iowa Trail Town by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, January 21, 2017

  • George Wyth State Park voted Best Iowa Singletrack by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, January 21, 2017 

    The Best of Iowa Bicycling Awards

  • Downtown Cedar Falls (Community Main Street) named Outstanding Retail Experience, October 20, 2016

  • Cedar Falls has been named BEST IOWA TRAIL TOWN by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. Europa Cycle & Ski was also named Best Bicycle Retailer in northeast Iowa and George Wyth State Park was named Best Iowa Singletrack, January 23, 2016

  • WalletHub® has ranked Cedar Falls as #34 on their list of 2015's Best Small Cities in America, January 4, 2016 

  • ranked Cedar Falls/University of Northern Iowa #5 of The Best College Towns to Live In, October 19, 2015

  • Cedar Falls is one of the 50 Safest College Towns in America according to the 2015 SafeWise Report. The University of Northern Iowa is ranked #13. September 8, 2015

  • The University of Northern Iowa was named one of the Best Universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review, August 21, 2015

  • Best Small Cities in America, by Nerd Wallet, June 1, 2015

  • 20 Coolest Towns in the US, Matador Network, February 24, 2015 

  • President Obama spoke about Cedar Falls, Iowa in January of 2015 and the need for access to affordable, high-speed broadband
  • President Obama traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa to talk about the importance of expanding access to high-speed broadband Internet, January 14, 2014
  • Cedar Falls was declared a Google eCity, October 16, 2014
  • Cedar Falls received Tourism Leadership Hall of Fame Award, October 2014
  • In 2004, 2009 and 2014, Cedar Falls was named Iowa's Outstanding Tourism Community
  • Cedar Falls became a Certified Blue Zones Community, March 20, 2014  
Certified Blue Zone Community | Cedar Falls, Iowa Google eCity / Gigabyte City | Cedar Falls, Iowa Bicycle Friendly Community | Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • Cedar Falls was named Iowa's First Gigabyte City, 2013
  • Cedar Valley Trails named Iowa's Outstanding Tourism Attraction, 2012
  • Cedar Falls/Waterloo Visitor Guide named Iowa's Outstanding Tourism Publication, 2012
  • Cedar Falls and Waterloo Tourism Bureaus receives the Outstanding Partnership Award from the Iowa Tourism Office, 2011
  • Cedar Falls named among National Historic Trust's Dozen Distinctive Destinations, 2010
  • Cedar Falls was the first Iowa city to be noted as a Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists, 2009
  • Sturgis Falls Celebration was designated by the American Bus Association (ABA) as a Top 100 Event in North America, 2007
  • Sturgis Falls Celebration was named Iowa's Outstanding Tourism Event and the UNI Museum was named Iowa's Outstanding Attraction, 2005
  • Cedar Falls was named a Great American Main Street, 2002

We love "the hospitality of the people who live here!" - Marlene & Dorris, KY