Iowa City, Iowa Population 2018

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.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201775,7981,3911.87%
201674,4071,1541.58%
201573,2537941.10%
201472,4591,3051.83%
201371,1541,1771.68%
201269,9771,0341.50%
201168,9439491.40%
201067,9945,7749.28%
200062,2202,4824.15%
199059,7389,23018.27%
198050,5083,6587.81%
197046,85013,40740.09%
196033,4436,23122.90%
195027,21210,03058.38%
194017,1821,84212.01%
193015,3404,07336.15%
192011,2671,17611.65%
191010,0912,10426.34%
19007,98797113.84%
18907,016-107-1.50%
18807,1231,20920.44%
18705,91470013.43%
18605,2140.00%

Iowa City Population in 2018Source: By Matt Yohe at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White57,006
Asian5,906
Black or African American5,108
Some Other Race2,160
Two or More Races1,878
American Indian and Alaska Native176
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander151

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

Iowa City Population Pyramid 2018

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Iowa City Median Age

26.2


Total

26.3


Male

26


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 63,974 adults in Iowa City.

Iowa City Age Dependency

32.9

Age Dependency Ratio

12.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Iowa City Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5
Houses Without Mortgage
4,646
Houses With Mortgage
9,237
Vacancy Rate
5.3
Median Rent
873
Median Home Value
191,100
Renter-Occupied Units
15,688
Owner-Occupied Units
13,883
Total Housing Units
31,226

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Iowa City for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3% and the labor force participation rate is 68.2%.

Iowa City Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.21
Average Family Size
2.87
Total Households
29571
Married Couple Households
9977
Male Householder (no wife) Families
978
Female Householder (no husband) Families
2268
Non Family Households
16348
Total Families
13223
Households With Own Children
6066
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
6.3
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.4

Iowa City Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
4,547
$10,000 to $14,999
2,134
$15,000 to $24,999
3,287
$25,000 to $34,999
2,605
$35,000 to $49,999
4,011
$50,000 to $74,999
3,933
$75,000 to $99,999
3,093
$100,000 to $149,999
3,213
$150,000 to $199,999
1,288
Over $200,000
1,460

Iowa City Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Iowa City

Iowa

$42,720

$54,570

$65,446

$70,708

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

Iowa City Education Data

Iowa City Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
8552.24%
9th to 12th Grade
1,0902.85%
High School Graduate
4,86812.75%
Some College
5,91915.50%
Associates Degree
2,5776.75%
Bachelors Degree
11,06728.99%
Graduate Degree
11,80330.91%