Iowa City Population 2017
Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County, Iowa and the fifth-largest city in 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. 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 Citians for every square mile (1,047/square kilometer).
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.
According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Iowa City was 82.5% white, 5.8% African American, 6.9% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 2% other races, and 2.5% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race accounted for more than 5% of the population.
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 ranked behind Atlanta, Georgia and Burlington, Vermont.
Iowa City Population Growth
Since the 2010 census, about 75% of Iowa's growth has been concentrated in just 10 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 strong 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 4 years, the Iowa City metropolitan population climbed 7.7% to 164,000, beating the average growth for metropolitan areas across the country, which grew at an average rate of 3.9% between 2010 and 2014.