Cedar Rapids, Iowa Population 2021

134,268
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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: 83.87%
  • Black or African American: 7.80%
  • Two or more races: 3.77%
  • Asian: 2.95%
  • Other race: 1.09%
  • Native American: 0.30%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.22%
The current population of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is 134,268based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 133,209.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 126,326.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021274,9749710.35%
2020274,0039710.35%
2019273,0329710.36%
2018272,0611,4080.52%
2017270,6532,4290.90%
2016268,2241,9120.71%
2015266,3122,0120.76%
2014264,3001,5940.60%
2013262,7067900.30%
2012261,9168880.34%
2011261,0282,5880.99%
2010258,4400.00%

Cedar Rapids Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White110,96783.87%
Black or African American10,3247.80%
Two or More Races4,9833.77%
Asian3,9002.95%
Some Other Race1,4361.09%
American Indian and Alaska Native3980.30%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2930.22%
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Cedar Rapids Population By Race

Cedar Rapids Population Pyramid 2021

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Cedar Rapids Median Age

36.3


Total

35.1


Male

37.5


Female

Cedar Rapids Adults

There are 102,396 adults, (20,177 of whom are seniors) in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids Age Dependency

60.9

Age Dependency Ratio

24.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Cedar Rapids Sex Ratio

Mujer

67,438

50.97%

Masculino

64,863

49.03%

Cedar Rapids Population by Age

Cedar Rapids Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Cedar Rapids Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married87.9%12.1%
Masculino71.5%28.5%
All69.3%30.7%
Non Family55.5%44.5%
Mujer49.5%50.5%

69.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Cedar Rapids Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All55,2922.3369.3
Non Family23,8561.2855.5
Married23,2403.0887.9
Mujer5,7003.2949.5
Masculino2,4963.2471.5

3.03

Average Family Size

2.33

Average Household Size

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Cedar Rapids Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0462.31%
9th to 12th Grade3,8934.40%
High School Graduate23,57926.63%
Some College19,69622.24%
Associates Degree10,95112.37%
Bachelors Degree20,30422.93%
Graduate Degree8,0809.12%
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Cedar Rapids Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Cedar Rapids Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White75,94272,19325,021
Black5,4544,550816
Asian2,7242,2821,395
Hispanic2,6942,042567
2+ Races1,2691,107421
Other Race949675253
Native American14014020
Islander85859

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 asian people with a rate of 51.21%.

Cedar Rapids Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$41,024$49,023$34,858
Less Than 9th Grade$26,352$31,263$15,625
High School Graduate$32,014$38,019$25,623
Some College$37,788$44,563$31,521
Bachelors Degree$51,676$63,346$42,288
Graduate Degree$73,933$86,276$65,343

$41,024

Average Earnings

$49,023

Average Male

$34,858

Average Female

Cedar Rapids Earnings by Educational Attainment

Cedar Rapids Language by Age

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Cedar Rapids Language

92.06% of Cedar Rapids residents speak only English, while 7.94% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.39% of the population.

Cedar Rapids Language

Cedar Rapids Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White104,87610,2099.73%
Black9,9063,29533.26%
Multiple4,8311,31827.28%
Hispanic4,98098019.68%
Other1,41451436.35%
Asian3,8221433.74%
Islander27212244.85%
Native3964110.35%

12.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.45%

Male Poverty Rate

13.49%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cedar Rapids

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cedar Rapids is Islander, with 44.85% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cedar Rapids is Asian, with 3.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.58%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.23%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.38%.

Cedar Rapids Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.52%
High School10.28%
Some College9.36%
Bachelors or Greater4.05%

Cedar Rapids Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed45.11%
Male Unemployed31.03%
Female Employed7.65%
Male Employed5.61%

Cedar Rapids Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Cedar Rapids Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$58,511$75,289
Families$75,954$92,326
Married Families$92,521$108,224
Non Families$39,833$50,115
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Income by Household Type

Cedar Rapids Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.5%

Male Marriage Rate

45.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Cedar Rapids Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Cedar Rapids Marital Status

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7,697

Number of Veterans

7,063

Male Veterans

634

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,649
First Gulf War1,273
Second Gulf War1,259
Korea802
World War II334

Cedar Rapids Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,977
35 to 541,821
75+1,810
55 to 641,460
18 to 34629

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7,2578.16%
Black2914.31%
Hispanic1634.95%
2+ Races1245.87%
Asian250.81%

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Race

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Education

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3.40%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.29%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cedar Rapids Veterans by Education

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69.4%

Labor Force Participation

66.6%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Cedar Rapids Employment by Age

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Cedar Rapids Employment by Race

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Cedar Rapids Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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68.73%

Born in Cedar Rapids

93.94%

Native Born

6.06%

Foreign Born

3.76%

Non Citizen

2.31%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.94% of Cedar Rapids residents were born in the United States, with 68.73% having been born in Iowa. 3.76% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021134,2683530.26%
2020133,9153530.26%
2019133,5623530.26%
2018133,2096450.49%
2017132,5641,1670.89%
2016131,3975650.43%
2015130,8321,1700.90%
2014129,6628360.65%
2013128,8263480.27%
2012128,4782470.19%
2011128,2311,3791.09%
2010126,8526,0940.49%
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 by Year