Iowa City, IA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
172,919
1.31% 1-year growth
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
31.4
0.319% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
16%
5.73% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$63,131
0.939% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$228,600
5.83% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
95,007
0.45% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Iowa City, IA had a population of 173k people with a median age of 31.4 and a median household income of $63,131. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Iowa City, IA grew from 170,677 to 172,919, a 1.31% increase and its median household income grew from $62,544 to $63,131, a 0.939% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Iowa City, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.68%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.43%), White (Hispanic) (3.16%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.49%).

None of the households in Iowa City, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

92.7% of the residents in Iowa City, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Iowa City, IA are University of Iowa (9,700 degrees awarded in 2020), La James International College-Iowa City (14 degrees), and PCI Academy-Iowa City (11 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Iowa City, IA was $228,600, and the homeownership rate was 59.9%.

Most people in Iowa City, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Iowa City, IA was 2 cars per household.

Iowa City, IA borders Cedar Rapids, IA, Fairfield, IA, and Muscatine, IA.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Iowa City, IA is home to a population of 173k people, from which 92.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 10.6% of Iowa City, IA residents were born outside of the country (18.4k people).

In 2020, there were 11.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (137k people) in Iowa City, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 9.4k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

92.7%
2020 Citizenship
92.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 92.7% of Iowa City, IA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Iowa City, IA was 92.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Iowa City, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    137k ± 354
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.6k ± 574
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    9.4k ± 443
5.82%
Hispanic Population
10.1k people

In 2020, there were 11.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (137k people) in Iowa City, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 9.4k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.82% of the people in Iowa City, IA are hispanic (10.1k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    41,266 ± 4,955 people
  2. India
    10,872 ± 2,556 people
  3. China
    9,649 ± 2,408 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,266 Iowa residents, followed by India with 10,872 and China with 9,649.

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Foreign-Born Population

10.6%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
18.4k people
10.9%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
18.6k people

As of 2020, 10.6% of Iowa City, IA residents (18.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Iowa City, IA was 10.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,776 ± 234
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,389 ± 260
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    911 ± 236

Iowa City, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.28 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Iowa City, IA employs 95k people. The largest industries in Iowa City, IA are Health Care & Social Assistance (18,974 people), Educational Services (18,675 people), and Retail Trade (10,452 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,800), Utilities ($65,893), and Public Administration ($59,243).

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,102. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.438, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

95k
2020 Value
± 2,414
−0.45%
1 Year decline
± 3.45%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Iowa City, IA declined at a rate of −0.45%, from 95.4k employees to 95k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Iowa City, IA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (10,126 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,350 people), and Management Occupations (9,003 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Iowa City, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

95k
2020 Value
± 2,414
−0.45%
1 Year decline
± 3.45%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Iowa City, IA declined at a rate of −0.45%, from 95.4k employees to 95k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Iowa City, IA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (18,974 people), Educational Services (18,675 people), and Retail Trade (10,452 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Iowa City, IA, though some of these residents may live in Iowa City, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,940
Median earning men ± $1,575
$30,478
Median earning women ± $1,182

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($64,424), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($61,618), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($54,111).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Wholesale Trade ($50,123), Public Administration ($45,147), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($40,286).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,658
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 927
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 807
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $1.85M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $1.02M
    Manufacturing
  3. $518k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $20.9B
  2. $19.9B
  3. $18.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Machinery with $20.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($19.9B) and Meat/seafood ($18.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$262B
2020 Value in Iowa
$518B
Projected 2050 Value in Iowa
97.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Iowa trade was $262B. This is expected to increase 97.9% to $518B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $23.7B
  2. $16.5B
  3. $11.4B

In 2020, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $23.7B, followed by Minnesota with $16.5B and Texas and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Iowa over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Iowa City, IA awarded 9,730 degrees. The student population of Iowa City, IA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 13,827 male students and 16,601 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Iowa City, IA are White (6,955 and 79.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (598 and 6.82%), Asian (402 and 4.58%), and Black or African American (290 and 3.31%).

The largest universities in Iowa City, IA by number of degrees awarded are University of Iowa (9,700 and 99.7%), La James International College-Iowa City (14 and 0.144%), and PCI Academy-Iowa City (11 and 0.113%).

The most popular majors in Iowa City, IA are General Finance (430 and 4.42%), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (426 and 4.38%), and Organizational Leadership (387 and 3.98%).

The median tuition costs in Iowa City, IA are $5,250 for private four year colleges, and $8,073 and $30,036 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Iowa City, IA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 84.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 22.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 30,428 (45.4% men and 54.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 30,428 students enrolled in Iowa City, IA, 45.4% men and 54.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 21,972 records, of which 55.2% were women and 44.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 417 degree-majors awarded
  2. 410 degree-majors awarded
  3. 273 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Iowa City, IA was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 417 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Iowa City, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,700 degrees awarded
  2. 14 degrees awarded
  3. 11 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Iowa with 9,700 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 4,472 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Iowa City, IA, which is 0.851 times less than the 5,258 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,955 degrees mean that there were 11.6 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 598 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($8,073) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,533) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,000) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.541% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.593% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (734k), Some college (566k), and Bachelors Degree (451k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Iowa City, IA was $228,600 in 2020, which is 0.995 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $216,000 to $228,600, a 5.83% increase. The homeownership rate in Iowa City, IA is 59.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Iowa City, IA have an average commute time of 19.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Iowa City, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Iowa City, IA is $63,131. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Iowa City, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $88,368, followed by Warren County, IA and Mills County, IA, with respective values of $80,309 and $75,137.

Property

$228,600
Median Property Value 2020
±$4,619
$41,512
Median Property Taxes
±$1,278

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Iowa City, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Iowa City, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

59.9%
Homeownership
2020
66.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 59.9% of the housing units in Iowa City, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 60.1%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Iowa City, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Iowa City, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $88,368, followed by Warren County, IA and Mills County, IA, with respective values of $80,309 and $75,137.

The following map shows all of the counties in Iowa City, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$63,131
Median Household Income
± $1,943
69.3k
Number of Households
± 1,950

In 2020, the median household income of the 69.3k households in Iowa City, IA grew to $63,131 from the previous year's value of $62,544.

The following chart displays the households in Iowa City, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Iowa City, IA is from Iowa.
0.438
2020 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.442
2019 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2020, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.438 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.914% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (70.1%)
  2. Carpooled (8.51%)
  3. Walked (7.72%)

In 2020, 70.1% of workers in Iowa City, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.51%) and those who walked to work (7.72%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

19.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Iowa City, IA have a shorter commute time (19.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.25% of the workforce in Iowa City, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Iowa City, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Iowa City, IA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

16% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Iowa City, IA (26.4k out of 165k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Iowa City, IA is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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94.7% of the population of Iowa City, IA has health coverage, with 59.6% on employee plans, 11.3% on Medicaid, 9.67% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 0.746% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Iowa was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Iowa see 1357 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.09% decrease from the previous year (1372 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1452 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 607 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Iowa, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,357 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Iowa

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,357 patients per year. This represents a 1.09% decrease from the previous year (1,372 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Iowa in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Iowa across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.9% under 18 years, 32% between 18 and 34 years, 32.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

5.29%
Uninsured
59.6%
Employer Coverage
11.3%
Medicaid
9.67%
Medicare
13.4%
Non-Group
0.746%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Iowa City, IA declined by 9.98% from 5.87% to 5.29%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Iowa City, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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