Iowa City, IA

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Population

73,415

1.42% growth

Median Age

25.8


Median Household Income

$45,991

7.66% growth

Poverty Rate

28%


Number of Employees

41,140

1.37% growth

Median Property Value

$202,200

5.81% growth

About

In 2017, Iowa City, IA had a population of 73.4k people with a median age of 25.8 and a median household income of $45,991. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Iowa City, IA grew from 72,385 to 73,415, a 1.42% increase and its median household income grew from $42,720 to $45,991, a 7.66% increase.

The population of Iowa City, IA is 75.7% White Alone, 7.87% Asian Alone, and 7.26% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Iowa City, IA speak a non-English language, and 89.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Iowa City, IA are University of Iowa (8,274 degrees awarded in 2016), The Salon Professional Academy-Iowa City (30 degrees), and La James International College-Iowa City (26 degrees).

The median property value in Iowa City, IA is $202,200, and the homeownership rate is 47.7%. Most people in Iowa City, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Iowa City, IA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Iowa City, IA employs 41.1k people. The largest industries in Iowa City, IA are Educational Services (10,300 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,095 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (4,734 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($71,667), Public Administration ($59,965), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,267).

Median household income in Iowa City, IA is $45,991. Males in Iowa City, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Iowa City, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,991

2017 value

± $1,927

7.66%

1 Year Growth

± 5.35%

Households in Iowa City, IA have a median annual income of $45,991, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $42,720 in 2016, which represents a 7.66% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Iowa City, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 13

  2. Census Tract 1

  3. Census Tract 12

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Iowa City, IA was Census Tract 13 with a value of $85,038, followed by Census Tract 1 and Census Tract 12, with respective values of $79,071 and $68,750.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

28% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Iowa City, IA (18.6k out of 66.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    12,907 ± 778

  2. Asian

    2,379 ± 339

  3. Black

    2,235 ± 342

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

41.1k

2017 Value

± 1,513

1.37%

1 Year growth

± 5.13%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Iowa City, IA grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 40.6k employees to 41.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Iowa City, IA, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (5,239 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,472 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (4,242 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Iowa City, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Iowa City, IA, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (5,239 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,472 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (4,242 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Iowa City, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.26 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (2.1 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.93 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Iowa City, IA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($64,615), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($62,269), and Legal Occupations ($59,038).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

41.1k

2017 Value

± 1,513

1.37%

1 Year growth

± 5.13%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Iowa City, IA grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 40.6k employees to 41.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Iowa City, IA, are Educational Services (10,300 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,095 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (4,734 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Iowa City, IA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (10,300 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,095 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (4,734 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Iowa City, IA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.7 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.51 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.42 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Iowa City, IA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($71,667), Public Administration ($59,965), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,267).

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Domestic Trade

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. $24.8B

  2. $18.8B

  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery ($18.8B) and Other ag prods. ($18.2B).

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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$245B

2015 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

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. $26.2B

  2. $16.1B

  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

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

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Health

93.1% of the population of Iowa City, IA has health coverage, with 59.6% on employee plans, 9.34% on Medicaid, 7.04% on Medicare, 16.5% on non-group plans, and 0.65% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Iowa City, IA see 1363 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1349 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1561 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 756 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,363 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,363 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1,349 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.92%

Uninsured

59.6%

Employer Coverage

9.34%

Medicaid

7.04%

Medicare

16.5%

Non-Group

0.65%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Iowa City, IA declined by 11.2% from 7.8% to 6.92%.

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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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Iowa City, IA is home to a population of 73.4k people, from which 89.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 13.9% of Iowa City, IA residents were born outside of the country (10.2k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Iowa City, IA is composed of 55.6k White Alone residents (75.7%), 5.78k Asian Alone residents (7.87%), 5.33k Black or African American Alone residents (7.26%), 4.41k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.01%), 1.84k Two or More Races residents (2.51%), 167 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.227%), 161 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.219%), and 141 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.192%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Iowa City, IA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

25

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

32

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Iowa City, IA was 25.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 25, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Iowa City, IA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Iowa City, IA residents was 26.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

13.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

10.2k people

14.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

10.3k people

As of 2017, 13.9% of Iowa City, IA residents (10.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Iowa City, IA was 14.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Iowa residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

89.9%

2017 Citizenship

89.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 89.9% of Iowa City, IA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Iowa City, IA was 89.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    55.6k ± 889

  2. Asian Alone

    5.78k ± 499

  3. Black or African American Alone

    5.33k ± 687

In 2017, there were 9.62 times more White Alone residents (55.6k people) in Iowa City, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.78k Asian Alone and 5.33k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Iowa City, IA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Iowa City, IA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Iowa City, IA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Iowa City, IA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    683 ± 154

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    429 ± 169

  3. Korea

    247 ± 93

Iowa City, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.59 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Iowa City, IA awarded 8,330 degrees. The student population of Iowa City, IA is skewed towards women, with 15,352 male students and 16,738 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Iowa City, IA are White (5,508 and 75.5%), followed by Unknown (663 and 9.09%), Hispanic or Latino (447 and 6.13%), and Asian (266 and 3.65%).

The largest universities in Iowa City, IA by number of degrees awarded are University of Iowa (8,274 and 99.3%), The Salon Professional Academy-Iowa City (30 and 0.36%), and La James International College-Iowa City (26 and 0.312%).

The most popular majors in Iowa City, IA are Kinesiology & Exercise Science (493 and 5.92%), General Finance (405 and 4.86%), and General Business Administration & Management (357 and 4.29%).

The median tuition costs in Iowa City, IA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,128 and $27,366 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 481 degrees awarded

  2. 405 degrees awarded

  3. 302 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Iowa City, IA was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 481 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 8,274 degrees awarded

  2. 30 degrees awarded

  3. 26 degrees awarded

$7,128

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Iowa City, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Iowa with 8,274 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,909

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,421

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,909 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Iowa City, IA, which is 0.884 times less than the 4,421 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,508 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    663 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    447 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Iowa City, IA were to White students. These 5,508 degrees mean that there were 8.31 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 663 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Iowa City, IA was $202,200 in 2017, which is 0.929 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $191,100 to $202,200, a 5.81% increase. The homeownership rate in Iowa City, IA is 47.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Iowa City, IA have an average commute time of 16.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Iowa City, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$45,991

Median Household Income

± $1,927

29.7k

Number of Households

± 1,148

In 2017, the median household income of the 29.7k households in Iowa City, IA grew to $45,991 from the previous year's value of $42,720.

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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$202,200

2017 Median

± $5,907

$191,100

2016 Median

± $4,499

In 2017, the median property value in Iowa City, IA grew to to $202,200 from the previous year's value of $191,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Iowa City, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Iowa City, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Iowa City, IA 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.

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Rent vs Own

47.7%

2017 Homeownership

46.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 47.7% of the housing units in Iowa City, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 46.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Iowa City, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

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, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

16.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Iowa City, IA have a shorter commute time (16.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.534% of the workforce in Iowa City, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    58%

  2. Walked

    15.7%

  3. Public Transit

    8.61%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Iowa City, IA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Walked and those who Public Transit.

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