Iowa City, Iowa Population 2020

78,440

Iowa City is a city located in Johnson County, Iowa. With a 2020 population of 78,440, it is the 5th largest city in Iowa (after Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Sioux City) and the 452nd largest city in the United States. Iowa City is currently growing at a rate of 1.39% annually and its population has increased by 15.59% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 67,862 in 2010. Spanning over 26 miles, Iowa City has a population density of 3,064 people per square mile.

The average household income in Iowa City is $70,317 with a poverty rate of 27.64%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $954 per month, and the median house value is $203,500. The median age in Iowa City is 26.1 years, 26.1 years for males, and 26.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.1 males.

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: 78.46%
  • Black or African American: 8.18%
  • Asian: 7.55%
  • Two or more races: 2.74%
  • Other race: 2.68%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
The current population of Iowa City, Iowa is 78,440, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 76,290. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 67,862.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020177,2631,9311.09%
2019175,3321,9311.10%
2018173,4011,9311.11%
2017171,4702,4751.44%
2016168,9951,9171.13%
2015167,0782,3011.38%
2014164,7772,6721.62%
2013162,1053,1041.91%
2012159,0013,1131.96%
2011155,8882,8581.83%
2010153,0300.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White58,50778.46%
Black or African American6,1018.18%
Asian5,6277.55%
Two or More Races2,0442.74%
Some Other Race2,0022.68%
American Indian and Alaska Native2070.28%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander780.10%

Iowa City Population Pyramid 2020

Iowa City Median Age

26.1


Total

26.1


Male

26.1


Female

Iowa City Adults

There are 62,569 adults, (7,167 of whom are seniors) in Iowa City.

Iowa City Age Dependency

34.6

Age Dependency Ratio

12.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Iowa City Sex Ratio

Female

37,088

49.74%

Male

37,478

50.26%

Iowa City Households and Families

Iowa City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Iowa City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79%21%
Female52.5%47.5%
All48.7%51.3%
Male42.1%57.9%
Non Family30%70%

48.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,9752.2648.7
Non Family16,7021.6930
Married10,2672.9779
Female2,0912.9352.5
Male9153.0742.1

2.9

Average Family Size

2.26

Average Household Size

6.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Iowa City Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0092.59%
9th to 12th Grade6881.76%
High School Graduate5,38513.81%
Some College6,04915.51%
Associates Degree2,7407.02%
Bachelors Degree10,94328.06%
Graduate Degree12,19031.25%

Iowa City Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White30,24429,60119,005
Black3,0092,745619
Asian2,6822,5992,186
Hispanic2,0201,334636
Other Race897444165
Multiple Races758751555
Native American191177119
Islander3737

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 81.51%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,330$42,223$39,775
Less Than High School$22,191$40,314$20,049
High School Grad$26,510$31,512$23,900
Some College$30,558$31,326$29,627
Bachelors Degree$41,263$42,214$39,753
Graduate Degree$58,137$58,600$57,332

$41,330

Average Earnings

$42,223

Average Male

$39,775

Average Female

Iowa City Language

Iowa City Language by Age

Iowa City Language

83.06% of Iowa City residents speak only English, while 16.94% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 5.91% of the population.

Iowa City Poverty

Iowa City Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White50,35812,54824.92%
Asian5,4522,31042.37%
Black5,7222,13437.29%
Hispanic3,86797225.14%
Other1,95756628.92%
Multiple1,89153928.50%
Islander784760.26%
Native1852312.43%

27.64%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.64%

Male Poverty Rate

27.64%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Iowa City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Iowa City is Islander, with 60.26% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Iowa City is Native, with 12.43% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 50.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.50%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.62%
Some College16.77%
High School16.28%
Bachelors or Greater8.25%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed70.20%
Female Unemployed51.68%
Female Employed24.30%
Male Employed19.72%

Iowa City Income

Iowa City Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$47,275$70,317
Families$82,519$104,136
Married Families$99,989-
Non Families$27,642$41,918

Iowa City Marital Status

Iowa City Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.1%

Male Marriage Rate

33.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Iowa City Married by Age and Sex

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 35-44.

Iowa City Marital Status by Race

Iowa City Veterans

2,241

Number of Veterans

1,942

Male Veterans

299

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam659
Second Gulf War458
First Gulf War406
Korea277
World War II125
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,1284.18%
Indian5928.50%
2 or More372.99%
Black170.42%
Hispanic160.52%

$Iowa City Veterans by Education

10.35%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.53%

Veteran Disability Rate

Iowa City Employment Status

67.8%

Labor Force Participation

64.6%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

Iowa City Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

48.22%

Born in Iowa

85.55%

Native Born

14.45%

Foreign Born

10.90%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

85.55% of Iowa City residents were born in the United States, with 48.22% having been born in Iowa. 10.90% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202078,4401,0751.39%
201977,3651,0751.41%
201876,2906640.88%
201775,6261,0751.44%
201674,5511,0551.44%
201573,4966580.90%
201472,8381,3851.94%
201371,4531,2841.83%
201270,1699921.43%
201169,1771,1411.68%
201068,0365,8160.90%
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%