Iowa City, Iowa Population 2021

73,998
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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.

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: 78.52%
  • Black or African American: 8.28%
  • Asian: 7.34%
  • Other race: 2.76%
  • Two or more races: 2.74%
  • Native American: 0.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
The current population of Iowa City, Iowa is 73,998based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 75,696.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 67,862.

Iowa City, Iowa Population 2021

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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021174,1014980.29%
2020173,6034980.29%
2019173,1054980.29%
2018172,6071,0780.62%
2017171,5292,4751.44%
2016169,0541,9661.16%
2015167,0882,3291.39%
2014164,7592,6641.62%
2013162,0953,0891.91%
2012159,0063,0981.95%
2011155,9082,8831.85%
2010153,0250.00%

Iowa City Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White58,85078.52%
Black or African American6,2038.28%
Asian5,5017.34%
Some Other Race2,0722.76%
Two or More Races2,0572.74%
American Indian and Alaska Native1840.25%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander830.11%
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Iowa City Population By Race

Iowa City Population Pyramid 2021

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Iowa City Median Age

26.5


Total

26.7


Male

26.2


Female

Iowa City Adults

There are 63,562 adults, (7,841 of whom are seniors) in Iowa City.

Iowa City Age Dependency

34.5

Age Dependency Ratio

14.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

20.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Iowa City Sex Ratio

Mujer

37,702

50.30%

Masculino

37,248

49.70%

Iowa City Population by Age

Iowa City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Iowa City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.9%21.1%
Mujer48.9%51.1%
All47.7%52.3%
Masculino42.6%57.4%
Non Family28.6%71.4%

47.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Iowa City Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All30,5682.2447.7
Non Family17,1831.728.6
Married10,6092.9378.9
Mujer1,8842.8948.9
Masculino8923.0142.6

2.86

Average Family Size

2.24

Average Household Size

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Iowa City Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1092.80%
9th to 12th Grade7421.87%
High School Graduate5,40713.65%
Some College6,23415.73%
Associates Degree2,7136.85%
Bachelors Degree11,12028.06%
Graduate Degree12,30131.04%
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Iowa City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Iowa City Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White30,79730,06419,477
Black3,0612,647623
Asian2,6382,5522,131
Hispanic1,9801,385574
Other Race1,063614204
2+ Races874864547
Native American13712429
Islander4444

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 80.78%.

Iowa City Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$41,775$43,895$38,777
Less Than 9th Grade$23,187$42,634$17,396
High School Graduate$25,451$31,151$21,528
Some College$30,463$31,942$28,798
Bachelors Degree$42,602$47,056$39,556
Graduate Degree$59,431$60,255$58,038

$41,775

Average Earnings

$43,895

Average Male

$38,777

Average Female

Iowa City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Iowa City Language by Age

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Iowa City Language

82.32% of Iowa City residents speak only English, while 17.68% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 5.78% of the population.

Iowa City Language

Iowa City Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White51,02512,65024.79%
Asian5,3402,27742.64%
Black5,8872,14836.49%
Hispanic3,93998124.90%
Multiple1,90262332.75%
Other2,03752525.77%
Islander835768.67%
Native1691911.24%

27.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.45%

Male Poverty Rate

27.81%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Iowa City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Iowa City is Islander, with 68.67% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Iowa City is Native, with 11.24% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 51.13%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 36.31%.

Iowa City Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.70%
Some College15.80%
High School13.84%
Bachelors or Greater7.74%

Iowa City Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed64.34%
Female Unemployed59.85%
Female Employed26.41%
Male Employed20.37%

Iowa City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Iowa City Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$49,075$70,123
Families$84,565$104,877
Married Families$100,687-
Non Families$28,576$41,557
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Income by Household Type

Iowa City Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

34.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.8%

Male Marriage Rate

33.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Iowa City Married by Age and Sex

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Iowa City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Iowa City Marital Status by Race

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Iowa City Marital Status

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2,354

Number of Veterans

2,006

Male Veterans

348

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam694
First Gulf War547
Second Gulf War511
Korea290
World War II111

Iowa City Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+641
65 to 74523
35 to 54459
55 to 64370
18 to 34361

Iowa City Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,2214.31%
Hispanic561.77%
Native American5127.72%
Black471.15%
2+ Races352.47%

Iowa City Veterans by Race

Iowa City Veterans by Education

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9.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

17.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Iowa City Veterans by Education

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69.4%

Labor Force Participation

66.1%

Employment Rate

4.7%

Unemployment Rate

Iowa City Employment by Age

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Iowa City Employment by Race

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Iowa City 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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47.42%

Born in Iowa City

85.71%

Native Born

14.29%

Foreign Born

10.46%

Non Citizen

3.83%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

85.71% of Iowa City residents were born in the United States, with 47.42% having been born in Iowa. 10.46% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Iowa City Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202173,998-566-0.76%
202074,564-566-0.75%
201975,130-566-0.75%
201875,69660.01%
201775,6901,1031.48%
201674,5871,0901.48%
201573,4976660.91%
201472,8311,3771.93%
201371,4541,2721.81%
201270,1829811.42%
201169,2011,1511.69%
201068,0505,8300.90%
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%

Iowa City Population by Year