Iowa City, Iowa Population 2019

Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County, Iowa and the fifth-largest city in the state of Iowa. Known as the City of Literature, Iowa City is part of the Iowa City metropolitan area, which includes all of Washington and Johnson counties. At one time, Iowa City was the second capital for the Iowa Territory and the first capital of Iowa state.

Population Size and Density in Iowa City

The city proper has an estimated population of 67,800, although the larger metropolitan area has a population of more than 150,000. There are about 2,713 Iowa citizens for every square mile (1,047/square kilometer) in Iowa City giving the area a reasonably high population density.

Iowa City Age and Gender Statistics

5% of the population is in the 5 and under age bracket, while only 9.1% are in the 65 and over age bracket. The population is divided almost evenly between the sexes with just 50.1% of the population being female. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $924 per month.

Interesting Facts About Iowa City

Iowa City has been named as the 10th best U.S. city for singles by Kiplinger, the #10 top "Smart Place to Live" by Kiplinger, and the third-best small metro area in the country by Forbes.

The city has a thriving arts and culture atmosphere, leading Utne Reader to name it as one of the Most Enlightened Towns in America. The Advocate, meanwhile, listed Iowa City as the third "Gayest City in America" with many gay-friendly resources. Iowa City has been ranked behind Atlanta, Georgia and Burlington, Vermont.

Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa, is a major college town in the state with a population that booms during the months when school is in session. 58% of the adults in Iowa City have at least a bachelor's degree.

Iowa City Population Growth

Since the 2010 census, about 75% of Iowa's growth has been concentrated in just ten cities, most of them in central Iowa. Iowa City has been one of the fastest-growing cities in Iowa over the last five years due to economic development and a healthy economy.

A new report by the Census Bureau found that Iowa City and Des Moines had the fastest-growing populations among metro areas in the state since the census. During the last four years, the Iowa City metropolitan population climbed 7.7% to 164,000, beating the average growth for urban areas across the country, which grew at an average rate of 3.9% between 2010 and 2014.

Iowa City Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Iowa City was:

  • White: 79.37%
  • Asian: 7.87%
  • Black or African American: 7.35%
  • Two or more races: 2.82%
  • Other race: 2.11%
  • Native American: 0.27%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.22%

Iowa City, Iowa's estimated population is 76,290 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Iowa City, Iowa is the 5th largest city in Iowa based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 2946.86 people/mi² (1137.78 people/km²), with a household density of 472.31 people/km² (1223.28 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 25.8 years, 25.9 years for males, and 25.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 99.4 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 31,669 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.4%, with a median rent of $924/month. The median house has 5 rooms, and has a value of $202,200.

The median income for households in Iowa City, Iowa is $45,991, while the mean household income is $69,675.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201876,2906640.88%
201775,6261,0751.44%
201674,5511,0551.44%
201573,4966580.90%
201472,8381,3851.94%
201371,4531,2841.83%
201270,1699921.43%
201169,1771,1411.68%
201068,0365,8160.90%
200062,2202,4820.41%
199059,7389,2301.69%
198050,5083,6580.75%
197046,85013,4073.43%
196033,4436,2312.08%
195027,21210,0304.71%
194017,1821,8421.14%
193015,3404,0733.13%
192011,2671,1761.11%
191010,0912,1042.37%
19007,9879711.30%
18907,016-107-0.15%
18807,1231,2091.88%
18705,9147001.27%
18605,2140.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White58,269
Asian5,778
Black or African American5,393
Two or More Races2,067
Some Other Race1,552
American Indian and Alaska Native195
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander161

Iowa City Population Pyramid 2019

Iowa City Median Age

25.8


Total

25.9


Male

25.7


Female

Iowa City Adults

There are 61,759 adults, (6,704 of whom are seniors) in Iowa City.

Iowa City Age Dependency

33.3

Age Dependency Ratio

12.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Iowa City Sex Ratio

Female

36,813

50.14%

Male

36,602

49.86%

Iowa City Households and Families

Iowa City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Iowa City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.3%19.7%
All47.7%52.3%
Male43.7%56.3%
Female43.6%56.4%
Non Family28.4%71.6%

47.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,6972.2447.7
Non Family16,5221.6728.4
Married10,1842.9480.3
Female2,1292.943.6
Male8623.1143.7

2.87

Average Family Size

2.24

Average Household Size

6.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Iowa City Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9612.52%
9th to 12th Grade8732.29%
High School Graduate4,91612.91%
Some College5,91815.54%
Associates Degree2,6136.86%
Bachelors Degree10,83028.45%
Graduate Degree11,96231.42%

Iowa City Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White29,73529,02418,575
Asian2,8222,7152,318
Black2,5832,258696
Hispanic2,1181,441676
Other Race790350108
Multiple Races693684478
Native American176176108
Islander7570

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 82.14%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,722$41,692$37,765
Less Than High School$24,909$40,544$15,000
High School Grad$27,238$31,210$24,206
Some College$28,864$29,443$27,415
Bachelors Degree$41,049$41,682$40,169
Graduate Degree$58,770$60,468$54,823

$40,722

Average Earnings

$41,692

Average Male

$37,765

Average Female

Iowa City Language

Iowa City Language by Age

Iowa City Language

83.53% of Iowa City residents speak only English, while 16.47% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian, which is spoken by 6.25% of the population.

Iowa City Poverty

Iowa City Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White49,99712,37924.76%
Asian5,5082,37943.19%
Black5,0602,23544.17%
Hispanic3,9211,13128.84%
Other1,49559940.07%
Multiple1,86341722.38%
Islander1617445.96%
Native1712313.45%

28.03%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.97%

Male Poverty Rate

28.09%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Iowa City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Iowa City is Islander, with 45.96% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Iowa City is Native, with 13.45% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.73%. Among those working part-time, it was 52.30%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.86%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.04%
Some College15.81%
High School15.60%
Bachelors or Greater8.22%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed67.70%
Female Unemployed57.32%
Female Employed25.23%
Male Employed19.63%

Iowa City Income

Iowa City Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,991$69,675
Families$82,659$105,812
Married Families$100,188-
Non Families$26,259$39,351

Iowa City Marital Status

Iowa City Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.8%

Male Marriage Rate

33.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Iowa City Married by Age and Sex

Iowa City 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.

Iowa City Marital Status by Race

Iowa City Veterans

2,205

Number of Veterans

1,914

Male Veterans

291

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam724
Second Gulf War429
First Gulf War299
Korea257
World War II162

Iowa City Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,0994.14%
2 or More504.32%
Indian4623.59%
Hispanic140.43%
Black100.29%

Iowa City Veterans by Education

9.03%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.46%

Veteran Disability Rate

Iowa City Employment Status

68.5%

Labor Force Participation

65.3%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

Iowa City 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

48.61%

Born in Iowa

86.09%

Native Born

13.91%

Foreign Born

10.11%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

86.09% of Iowa City residents were born in the United States, with 48.61% having been born in Iowa. 10.11% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.