Cedar Rapids, Iowa Population 2019

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. The island that is centered in the river is called May's Island, and it has a fascinating history all of its own. By the end of the 1840s, Cedar Rapids was incorporated, and it grew through the annexation of Kingston.

The city’s population 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, Cargill, 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” thanks to a creative marketing campaign that has woven itself into the whole city.

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.

Population Size and Density in Cedar Rapids

The city of Cedar Rapids has an estimated population of over 131,000 residents. This shows that the community had 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.

Cedar Rapids Diversity

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. More females are 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.

Cedar Rapids Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Cedar Rapids was:

  • White: 85.82%
  • Black or African American: 6.37%
  • Two or more races: 3.24%
  • Asian: 3.00%
  • Other race: 1.23%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
Year Population Growth Annual 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%
2010126,6935,9350.48%
2000120,75812,0071.05%
1990108,751-1,492-0.14%
1980110,243-399-0.04%
1970110,64218,6071.86%
196092,03519,7392.44%
195072,29610,1761.53%
194062,1206,0231.03%
193056,09710,5312.10%
192045,56612,7553.34%
191032,8117,1552.49%
190025,6567,6363.60%
189018,0207,9165.96%
188010,1044,1645.46%
18705,9404,14012.68%
18601,8000.00%

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

Population by Race

Race Population
White111,845
Black or African American8,307
Two or More Races4,228
Asian3,904
Some Other Race1,609
American Indian and Alaska Native307
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander130

Cedar Rapids Population Pyramid 2019

Cedar Rapids Median Age

36


Total

34.9


Male

37.1


Female

Cedar Rapids Adults

There are 100,464 adults, (18,657 of whom are seniors) in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids Age Dependency

59.3

Age Dependency Ratio

22.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Cedar Rapids Sex Ratio

Female

66,930

51.35%

Male

63,400

48.65%

Cedar Rapids Households and Families

Cedar Rapids Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Cedar Rapids Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married87.9%12.1%
All69.6%30.4%
Male66.5%33.5%
Non Family55.2%44.8%
Female51.1%48.9%

69.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All54,4332.3469.6
Married23,7973.0587.9
Non Family22,9381.2955.2
Female5,4683.251.1
Male2,2303.466.5

3.01

Average Family Size

2.34

Average Household Size

7.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Cedar Rapids Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,7512.03%
9th to 12th Grade3,4604.02%
High School Graduate22,89226.59%
Some College20,14423.40%
Associates Degree10,40812.09%
Bachelors Degree19,24122.35%
Graduate Degree8,1859.51%

Cedar Rapids Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White75,64772,06724,400
Black4,3883,526636
Asian2,5912,4751,679
Hispanic2,3081,714441
Multiple Races922801176
Other Race913680161
Native American1131137
Islander464610

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 64.80%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,653$47,142$32,609
Less Than High School$24,967$29,933$11,423
High School Grad$31,370$37,297$24,250
Some College$35,824$44,462$29,751
Bachelors Degree$50,094$62,551$41,326
Graduate Degree$71,858$82,622$63,047

$39,653

Average Earnings

$47,142

Average Male

$32,609

Average Female

Cedar Rapids Language

Cedar Rapids Language by Age

Cedar Rapids Language

93.58% of Cedar Rapids residents speak only English, while 6.42% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.19% of the population.

Cedar Rapids Poverty

Cedar Rapids Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White106,2579,9899.40%
Black8,0682,98837.04%
Multiple4,10676318.58%
Hispanic4,69272815.52%
Other1,59921613.51%
Asian3,7781744.61%
Native302165.30%

11.40%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.41%

Male Poverty Rate

12.34%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cedar Rapids

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cedar Rapids is Black, with 37.04% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cedar Rapids is Asian, with 4.61% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.02%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.72%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.89%
High School10.43%
Some College8.70%
Bachelors or Greater3.39%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed46.46%
Male Unemployed29.36%
Female Employed8.06%
Male Employed5.66%

Cedar Rapids Income

Cedar Rapids Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$56,828$73,859
Families$74,924$90,960
Married Families$88,214$105,887
Non Families$36,270$47,751

Cedar Rapids Marital Status

Cedar Rapids Marital Status

Marriage Rates

47.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.1%

Male Marriage Rate

45.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Cedar Rapids Married by Age and Sex

Cedar Rapids Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Cedar Rapids Marital Status by Race

Cedar Rapids Veterans

8,012

Number of Veterans

7,439

Male Veterans

573

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,693
Second Gulf War1,369
First Gulf War1,317
Korea823
World War II516
Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,903
65 to 741,883
75+1,879
55 to 641,561
18 to 34786

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,7058.71%
Black2634.70%
Hispanic1525.01%
2 or More221.26%
Asian220.73%

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Education

3.98%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.53%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cedar Rapids Employment Status

70.6%

Labor Force Participation

67.7%

Employment Rate

4.1%

Unemployment Rate

Cedar Rapids Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

71.00%

Born in Iowa

95.04%

Native Born

4.96%

Foreign Born

3.18%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.04% of Cedar Rapids residents were born in the United States, with 71.00% having been born in Iowa. 3.18% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.