Population of Iowa 2013
Situated in the mid west of the United States and often referred to as the ‘heartland of America’ Iowa is very much in the middle of the country, both in terms of location and population statistics.
To get any sense of confirmed numbers of residents in Iowa, you have to go back to the last nationwide census of 2010 when it was declared that 3,046,355 people lived here. That represented a modest rise of 4.1% on a figure of 2,926,324 which was confirmed at the end of the census in 2000.
Iowa Population 2013
As far as the population of Iowa in 2012 is concerned, estimates are released every year but the most recent of these was made available in 2011. At the time, it was claimed that the figures had climbed to 3,062,309 and this would make Iowa the 30th most populous state within the US.
As for the population of Iowa in 2012, an official estimate has yet to be released but based on those levels of growth, it may be fair to assume that numbers are approaching the 3.2 million figure.
Iowa Population Density
Large areas of Iowa are flat and used as farmland and as such, the population density is relatively sparse. Overall, there is a surface area here of 56,272 square miles (or 145,743 square kilometres if you prefer) and this is the 26th largest state in the country in terms of pure land mass.
With regards to the exact density, average figures show that there are 54.8 people for every square mile which equates to 21.2 per square kilometre and makes Iowa the 36th ranked state in this respect.
Iowa Population History
Records relating to the growth of Iowa’s population can be traced back to 1840 when the official US Census confirmed that there were 43,112 people living here. Like most states across the US however, those numbers had exploded ten years later and an impressive increase of 345.8% took them to 192,214.
Further significant rises occurred for the rest of the 19th century but by the time the 1900’s had rolled in, the growth had started to slow down a little.
In fact, between 1900 and 1910, there was a slight drop in population figures by less than one per cent. Not a huge amount but population decreases within the US are rare and Iowa went on to produce a similar set of figures in 1990 when the declared population of 2,776,755 had actually dropped by 4.7% from the numbers confirmed in 1980.
Overall, those drops in figures make Iowa’s population in 2012 a little hard to predict. The overall picture however is one of growth and as such, the numbers within this state should start to progress towards the 3.5 million figure by the time of the next Census in 2020.