Cedar Rapids, Iowa Population 2023

141,124

Cedar Rapids is a city located in Linn County Iowa. It is also the county seat of Linn County. With a 2023 population of 141,124, it is the 2nd largest city in Iowa and the 206th largest city in the United States.Cedar Rapids is currently growing at a rate of 0.81% annually and its population has increased by 2.48% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 137,710 in 2020. Spanning over 73 miles, Cedar Rapids has a population density of 1,970 people per square mile.

The average household income in Cedar Rapids is $75,289 with a poverty rate of 13.4%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Cedar Rapids is 36.5 years, 35.4 years for males, and 37.6 years for females.

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.

Cedar Rapids Diversity

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.

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.

Cedar Rapids Demographics

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

  • White: 83.09%
  • Black or African American: 8.13%
  • Two or more races: 4.47%
  • Asian: 2.96%
  • Other race: 0.95%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.24%
  • Native American: 0.15%
The current population of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is 141,124 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 137,710.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Population 2023

Cedar Rapids Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Cedar Rapids Population by Race

Cedar Rapids Population Pyramid 2023

Cedar Rapids Median Age

36.5

Total

35.4

Male

37.6

Female

Cedar Rapids Adults

There are 103,418 adults, (21,387 of whom are seniors) in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids Age Dependency

62.3

Age Dependency Ratio

26.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Cedar Rapids Sex Ratio

Female67,32650.57%
Male65,79949.43%

Cedar Rapids Population by Age

Cedar Rapids Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3

Average Family Size

2.33

Average Household Size

70.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Cedar Rapids Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Cedar Rapids Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Cedar Rapids Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 80.44%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.84%.

Cedar Rapids Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$41,796

Average Earnings

$50,664

Average Male

$35,758

Average Female

Cedar Rapids Earnings by Educational Attainment

Cedar Rapids Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Cedar Rapids Language

92.22% of Cedar Rapids residents speak only English, while 7.78% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 2.52% of the population.

Cedar Rapids Language

Cedar Rapids Poverty by Race

rate

13.4%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.33%

Male Poverty Rate

12.1%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cedar Rapids

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cedar Rapids is Islander, with 75.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cedar Rapids is Asian, with 2.54% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.19%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.75%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.98%.

Cedar Rapids Poverty

Cedar Rapids Poverty Rate by Education

Cedar Rapids Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Cedar Rapids Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Cedar Rapids Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

46.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.3%

Male Marriage Rate

46.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Cedar Rapids Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 45-54.

Cedar Rapids Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Cedar Rapids Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

7,935

Number of Veterans

7,252

Male Veterans

683

Female Veterans

Cedar Rapids Veterans by War

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Age

count

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Race

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.45%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.76%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

68.7%

Labor Force Participation

66%

Employment Rate

3.9%

Unemployment Rate

Cedar Rapids Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Cedar Rapids Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Cedar Rapids Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

66.28%

Born in Cedar Rapids

90.65%

Native Born

6.02%

Foreign Born

3.47%

Non Citizen

2.55%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.65% of Cedar Rapids residents were born in the United States, with 66.28% having been born in Iowa. 3.47% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Cedar Rapids Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Cedar Rapids Population by Year