Cedar Rapids, Iowa Population 2018

Cedar Rapids is a city located in the state of Iowa. It is designated as the county seat of Linn County. Cedar Rapids has become known as being a center for art and culture within the state. It has also been home to many famous people throughout history, including journalists, celebrities and pro athletes. The city is the second largest in Iowa with an estimated population of 131,127, falling only behind Des Moines.

Cedar Rapids History

The area that is now Cedar Rapids was originally inhabited by the Sac and Fox tribes. The first settler arrived in 1838 and was named Columbus. The city was renamed in 1841, with the name derived from the rapids of the nearby Cedar River. By the end of the 1840s, Cedar Rapids was incorporated, and it grew through the annexation of Kingston.

The city’s population really began to grow in the late 1800s with the construction of the Sinclair meatpacking company, which brought jobs to the residents of Cedar Rapids. In more recent years, the city’s economy has been based around corn and grain processing, providing thousands of jobs to residents. Other companies that also have set up shop in the city, including Quaker Oats, General Mills, Cargil, Nordstrom and Toyota Financial Services.

In addition to a thriving economy, the city has also had a rich cultural heritage. It is home to multiple theaters and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Other museums include the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library and the African American Historical Museum. Throughout the years, many famous people have called Cedar Rapids home, including painter Grant Wood, actor Ashton Kutcher, and Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Mark Walter. The city has earned the nickname “City of Five Seasons” because of what it coins its fifth season.

Cedar Rapids was majorly impacted by the Iowa flood that occurred in 2008. About 14% of the city’s total area was damaged in the flood, with thousands of homes and businesses being evacuated. This flood led to billions of dollars in damage. The area was once again flooded in 2016. Over 5,000 homes were affected by the flood and thousands of people were evacuated. This led to the city approving a flood protection plan over the next 20 years, although it is currently at a stop because of funding issues.

Cedar Rapids Demographics

The city of Cedar Rapids has an estimated population of over 131,000 residents. This shows that the population has grown since the 2010 census, when the population was recorded as 126,326. The city has a total area of over 72 square miles and a population density of 1,784 people per square mile.

The city’s population is almost 88% white, over 5.5% black, and 2.21% Asian. Almost 3% of the population is mixed race, while over 3% of the population is Hispanic or Latino. The largest age group is 25 to 44, making up 27.4% of the population. Almost one-quarter of the population is 45 to 64, while 23.5% is under age 18. Over 13% are at least 65 years old. There are more females residing in Cedar Rapids, with 94.4 men for every 100 women. Over 11% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

The city has a strong Muslim culture. It is the location of the National Muslim Cemetery, which is thought to be the first exclusively Muslim cemetery in the country. It is also the site of the Mother Mosque of America, which is the longest standing mosque in North America.

Rockwell Collins is the largest employer in the city, giving jobs to about 8,700 people. Transamerica, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids Community School District and Hy-Vee are other top employers in Cedar Rapids and provide thousands of jobs to residents.

Cedar Rapids Population Growth

Cedar Rapids has seen steady growth in its population since the census taken in 1860. The population surpassed 10,000 by the year 1880, up from 1860’s population of 1,830 people. The population had more than doubled by 1900. In 1930, the population was over 56,000. The city reached over 100,000 residents by the time of the 1970 census. The next censuses taken in 1980 and 1990 show that there was a slight drop in population but by 2000, it had rebounded. The most recent estimates show that the population is up almost 4% since numbers recorded during the 2010 census, indicating that this city still has more growing to do in its future.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017132,2281,1770.90%
2016131,0515560.43%
2015130,4951,1760.91%
2014129,3198010.62%
2013128,5182990.23%
2012128,2192680.21%
2011127,9511,2580.99%
2010126,6935,9354.91%
2000120,75812,00711.04%
1990108,751-1,492-1.35%
1980110,243-399-0.36%
1970110,64218,60720.22%
196092,03519,73927.30%
195072,29610,17616.38%
194062,1206,02310.74%
193056,09710,53123.11%
192045,56612,75538.87%
191032,8117,15527.89%
190025,6567,63642.38%
189018,0207,91678.35%
188010,1044,16470.10%
18705,9404,140230.00%
18601,8000.00%

Cedar Rapids Population in 2018Source: By Brettstout at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White112,299
Black or African American8,045
Two or More Races4,172
Asian3,447
Some Other Race1,204
American Indian and Alaska Native329
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander41

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Cedar Rapids Population Pyramid 2018

0k0k0k0k0k Male Population0k0k0k0k0k Female Population757065605550454035302520151050

Cedar Rapids Median Age

35.7


Total

34.5


Male

36.9


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 101,816 adults in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids Age Dependency

58.1

Age Dependency Ratio

21.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Cedar Rapids Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.7
Houses Without Mortgage
11,235
Houses With Mortgage
25,958
Vacancy Rate
7.6
Median Rent
711
Median Home Value
136,700
Renter-Occupied Units
16,784
Owner-Occupied Units
37,193
Total Housing Units
58,447

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Cedar Rapids for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3.3% and the labor force participation rate is 70.9%.

Cedar Rapids Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.34
Average Family Size
3.02
Total Households
53977
Married Couple Households
23549
Male Householder (no wife) Families
2242
Female Householder (no husband) Families
5295
Non Family Households
22891
Total Families
31086
Households With Own Children
14766
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
8.1
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.3

Cedar Rapids Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
3,032
$10,000 to $14,999
2,556
$15,000 to $24,999
5,333
$25,000 to $34,999
5,814
$35,000 to $49,999
7,677
$50,000 to $74,999
10,474
$75,000 to $99,999
7,688
$100,000 to $149,999
7,414
$150,000 to $199,999
2,185
Over $200,000
1,804

Cedar Rapids Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Cedar Rapids

Iowa

$55,359

$54,570

$71,623

$70,708

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Cedar Rapids Education Data

Cedar Rapids Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
1,6031.88%
9th to 12th Grade
3,4964.10%
High School Graduate
22,91626.88%
Some College
20,08423.56%
Associates Degree
10,04311.78%
Bachelors Degree
18,60821.83%
Graduate Degree
8,4949.96%