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Iowa State Profile

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Population

  • With 2,966,334 residents in 2005, Iowa is the 30th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Iowa grew 1.4 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Iowa is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 92.8% 92.5% 92.3% 92.0% 91.8% 91.5%
Hispanic, Latino 2.8% 3.0% 3.2% 3.4% 3.5% 3.7%
African-American 2.1% 2.1% 2.1% 2.2% 2.2% 2.2%
Native American, AK Native 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Asian, Pacific Islander 1.3% 1.3% 1.3% 1.4% 1.4% 1.5%
Two or More Races 0.7% 0.7% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Iowa - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Iowa are Des Moines, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo-Cedar Falls.
  • Des Moines (the capital of Iowa) had an estimated population of 522,454 in 2005 – the 93rd largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Davenport in 2005 was 376,309 – the 130th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Cedar Rapids was the 175th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with 246,412 residents.
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls had 161,897 residents – the 235th largest MSA in the U.S.

Iowa - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Iowa ranked 27th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($31,058 per resident).
  • Iowa’s personal income per capita relative to the U.S. fell from 101 percent in 1975 to 89 percent in 2000, and rose to 94 percent of the U.S. average in 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Iowa as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Iowa per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Iowa has the 13th lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (10.9%) and the 13th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (14.0%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Iowa - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Iowa ranked 9th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (92.3%).
  • Iowa ranked 32nd in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (26.5%) and 41st in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (7.9%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Iowa has larger percentages of adults who have completed just a high school diploma, some college, and associate degrees, the same percentage as the U.S. with bachelor’s degrees, and a smaller percentage with graduate and professional degrees (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Iowa and the U.S. Average
Iowa education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Iowa - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Iowa had the 20th lowest unemployment rate of all states – 4.6 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Iowa has larger percentages of its workforce employed in production and farming occupations, and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of Iowa’s employment in the manufacturing and agriculture industries, and also the education, healthcare, and retail trade industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Iowa ranked 38th among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Iowa - Health and Well-Being

  • 9.5 percent of Iowa residents do not have health insurance – the 2nd lowest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 23.5 percent of Iowa residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – slightly higher than the national average of 23.1 percent (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Iowa, 202 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – slightly lower than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Iowa residents (317 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – lower than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Iowa ranked 10th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Iowa - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Iowa had the 14th lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (271 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 2,905 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Iowa – below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Iowa had the 10th lowest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 289 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Iowa has remained well below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Iowa and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Iowa and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Iowa Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Iowa ranges from $20,579 in Decatur County to $37,862 in Polk County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 12.3 percent in Lucas County to 50.6 percent in Johnson County (a ratio of more than 4 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

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