Iowa City, Iowa Population 2022

73,432
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Iowa City is a city located in Johnson County Iowa. Iowa City has a 2020 population of 73,432. It is also the county seat of Johnson County. Iowa City is currently declining at a rate of -0.76% annually but its population has increased by 7.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 68,050 in 2010.

The average household income in Iowa City is $70,123 with a poverty rate of 27.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $976 per month, and the median house value is $223,900. The median age in Iowa City is 26.5 years, 26.7 years for males, and 26.2 years for females.

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 Citywas:

  • White: 78.08%
  • Black or African American: 8.62%
  • Asian: 7.35%
  • Two or more races: 3.48%
  • Other race: 2.26%
  • Native American: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Iowa City, Iowa is 73,432 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 73,432.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 68,050.

Iowa City, Iowa Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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

Iowa City Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White59,22678.08%
Black or African American6,5358.62%
American Indian and Alaska Native1100.15%
Asian5,5787.35%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander430.06%
Some Other Race1,7162.26%
Two or More Races2,6413.48%
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Iowa City Population by Race

Iowa City Population Pyramid 2022

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Iowa City Median Age

26.3


Total

26.5


Male

25.9


Female

Iowa City Adults

There are 64,952 adults, (8,502 of whom are seniors) in Iowa City.

Iowa City Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

15.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

19.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Iowa City Sex Ratio

Female

37,986

50.08%

Male

37,863

49.92%

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
Married78.4%21.6%
Male59.5%40.5%
All46.7%53.3%
Female42.8%57.2%
Non Family27.8%72.2%

46.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Iowa City Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All31,4832.246.7
Married10,8062.9278.4
Male6372.8359.5
Female1,8062.8742.8
Non Family18,2341.6927.8

2.86

Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

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Iowa City Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6801.69%
9th to 12th Grade7161.78%
High School Graduate5,75814.35%
Some College6,47916.14%
Associates Degree2,5906.45%
Bachelors Degree11,99829.90%
Graduate Degree11,91029.68%
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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
Asian2,5262,4561,905
White31,01330,40319,794
2+ Races1,2281,207759
Native American736431
Hispanic2,3591,941940
Other Race955706317
Black3,1752,907613
Islander2626

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 75.42%.

Iowa City Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,963$46,548$37,562
Less Than 9th Grade$23,843$44,821$15,660
High School Graduate$25,231$32,660$21,644
Some College$31,196$34,673$29,352
Bachelors Degree$43,743$50,574$38,564
Graduate Degree$61,546$63,613$60,044

$41,963

Average Earnings

$46,548

Average Male

$37,562

Average Female

Iowa City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Iowa City Language by Age

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Iowa City Language

82.40% of Iowa City residents speak only English, while 17.60% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 5.38% of the population.

Iowa City Language

Iowa City Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander4343100.00%
Asian5,3622,35543.92%
Black6,1032,21936.36%
White51,64713,09525.35%
Other231NaN%
Multiple2,42249620.48%
Hispanic4,36377517.76%

27.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.28%

Male Poverty Rate

27.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Iowa City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Iowa City is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Iowa City is Hispanic, with 17.76% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 49.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 36.36%.

Iowa City Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade23.48%
High School16.91%
Some College13.92%
Bachelors or Greater9.09%

Iowa City Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed18.97%
Male Unemployed54.83%
Female Employed23.93%
Female Unemployed57.37%

Iowa City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Iowa City Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,148$70,881
Families$86,192$109,770
Married Families$99,862-
Non Families$29,968$41,737
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Income by Household Type

Iowa City Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

34.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.2%

Male Marriage Rate

34.3%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Iowa City Marital Status by Race

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Iowa City Marital Status

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2,375

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War609
First Gulf War545
Vietnam743
Korea291
World War II49

Iowa City Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34363
35 to 54494
55 to 64329
65 to 74575
75+614

Iowa City Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,2334.27%
Black861.95%
Native American98.18%
2+ Races472.55%
Hispanic691.98%

Iowa City Veterans by Race

Iowa City Veterans by Education

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9.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

16.03%

Veteran Disability Rate

Iowa City Veterans by Education

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66.9%

Labor Force Participation

63.7%

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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48.23%

Born in Iowa City

86.32%

Native Born

13.68%

Foreign Born

9.85%

Non Citizen

3.83%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

86.32% of Iowa City residents were born in the United States, with 48.23% having been born in Iowa. 9.85% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18605,2140.00%
18705,9147001.27%
18807,1231,2091.88%
18907,016-107-0.15%
19007,9879711.30%
191010,0912,1042.37%
192011,2671,1761.11%
193015,3404,0733.13%
194017,1821,8421.14%
195027,21210,0304.71%
196033,4436,2312.08%
197046,85013,4073.43%
198050,5083,6580.75%
199059,7389,2301.69%
200062,2202,4820.41%
201068,0505,8300.90%
201169,2011,1511.69%
201270,1829811.42%
201371,4541,2721.81%
201472,8311,3771.93%
201573,4976660.91%
201674,5871,0901.48%
201775,6901,1031.48%
201875,69660.01%
201975,130-566-0.75%
202074,564-566-0.75%
202173,998-566-0.76%
202273,432-566-0.76%

Iowa City Population by Year