Iowa takes its name from Ioway, an American Indian tribe that settled in the state during the European conquest. The cultural atmosphere, economy as well as the landscape of the state is diverse and that explains the deep mix of people who live here harmoniously.
Iowa hosts one of the safest metropolitans of the world – Des Moines which is the chief city and the state capital. The population as of 2009 was 198,460 as revealed by the United States Census Bureau.
Cedar Rapids is the next most populous city in the state with a population of 128,182 people. Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City and Waterloo follow with 101,306; 82794; 82794; 68903 and 66896 people respectively.
The year of 1840 saw a mere 43,112 people in the state. However, this number has grown and has crossed the 200,000 mark as of 2009.
If the recent census data is to be consulted, the population of the state has increased by over 0.6% adding another 19,000 people to the 2008 total of 3,002,555. This has culminated into the 2009 statistics, yet to be officially released by the census office.
It was reported that 6.1% of the people in Iowa were less than 5 years of age while 22.6% were in their teens. 14.7% of the people were 65 or older.
The capital city of Iowa is Des Moines. In terms of size, the state of Iowa is ranked 26th among the other states of the United State of America.
As of 2009, the population of the state enabled Iowa to be ranked 30th in United States of America with an approximate population of 3,007,856.
During 2008, the state of Iowa projected a population of 3,002,555 people, which is an additional 19,000 citizens or a 0.6 increase, in terms of percentage, as of the previous year.
It also showed a rise of 76,000 or 2.6%, ever since 2000. It is also the time when the state of Iowa peaked the three million score as regards its number of people.
The foreign immigrant population coming from other countries to the United States of America is the chief reason for an increase of 29,386 people in the population, whereas relocation within the nation produced a total loss of 41,140 to the population.
If one were to put an estimate to the total density of population of the state of Iowa, it would be recorded as 52.7 citizens in one square mile.
The English language finds primary usage in the state. 94% of the population of the state uses this as its primary language.
Spanish is one of the other languages spoken in the state of Iowa. With about 120,000 people in Iowa being of Hispanic and of Latino origin, the language finds a lot of speakers. Also, due to 47,000 citizens being born in Latin America, Spanish takes the throne with the second most common language spoken in the state of Iowa.
The German language along with its primary dialects like the Amana German and the Pennsylvania German are also spoken in the state of Iowa by approximately 17K people which accounts for about 0.5% of the total population.
In Iowa about 52% of the Iowans are Protestants and 23% are Roman Catholics while 6-7% Iowans belong to other religions. The largest Protestant denominations by sum total of believers are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with 268,543 followers and the United Methodist Church with approximately 248,211 followers.
Traditionally, numerous religious wings who preferred to live at a distance from the rest of society ascertained themselves in the state of Iowa. These religious wings included sects such as the Amish and Mennonite in East Iowa especially near Kalona. Specifically, in eastern region of Iowa such as Davis County and Buchanan County.
Several other religious sects living away from each other consist of Quakers around the area of West Branch. One also speaks of the Pietists from Germany who established the Amana Colonies as well as groups of people from the Transcendental Meditation sect who founded the Maharishi Vedic City around the area of Le Grand.
The population of the state of Iowa comprises of approximately around 97,000 foreign-born populations which comes up to 3.3% of the total population. The people of Iowa are more often than not descendents from Western Europe.
Statistically speaking, the five principal ancestry groupings in Iowa can be classified into Germans - who amount to about 35.7%, Irish - up to 13.5%, English around 9.5%, American summing up to 6.6%, and Norwegian being a meager 5.7% of the total population
The racial composition of the state of Iowa can be reported as about 91.0% people being White or non-Hispanic, 3.8% of population being Hispanic, 2.5% people of the population are Black or African American, 1.6% are Asian, and 0.4% of the total population consists of American Indians.
|Demographics of Iowa (csv)|
|2000 (total population)||96.14%||2.51%||0.63%||1.48%||0.08%|
|2000 (Hispanic only)||2.68%||0.08%||0.08%||0.03%||0.01%|
|2005 (total population)||95.79%||2.79%||0.61%||1.67%||0.08%|
|2005 (Hispanic only)||3.48%||0.13%||0.09%||0.03%||0.01%|
|Growth 2000–05 (total population)||1.01%||12.55%||-2.70%||14.41%||1.01%|
|Growth 2000–05 (non-Hispanic only)||0.12%||11.13%||-5.68%||14.14%||0.05%|
|Growth 2000–05 (Hispanic only)||31.91%||53.85%||19.33%||29.51%||7.14%|
|Sex and Age|
|Under 5 years||188,413||6.4|
|5 to 9 years||202,603||6.9|
|10 to 14 years||210,547||7.2|
|15 to 19 years||226,420||7.7|
|20 to 24 years||203,663||7.0|
|25 to 34 years||363,060||12.4|
|35 to 44 years||445,199||15.2|
|45 to 54 years||392,794||13.4|
|55 to 59 years||139,052||4.8|
|60 to 64 years||118,360||4.0|
|65 to 74 years||211,935||7.2|
|75 to 84 years||159,160||5.4|
|85 years and over||65,118||2.2|
|Median age (years)||36.6||(X)|
|18 years and over||2,192,686||74.9|
|21 years and over||2,051,156||70.1|
|62 years and over||505,699||17.3|
|65 years and over||436,213||14.9|
|Black or African American||61,853||2.1|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||8,989||0.3|
Other Asian 1
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||1,009||0.0|
|Guamanian or Chamorro||170||0.0|
Other Pacific Islander 2
|Some other race||37,420||1.3|
|Two or more races||31,778||1.1|
Race alone or in combination with one or more other races 3
|Black or African American||72,512||2.5|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||18,246||0.6|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||2,196||0.1|
|Some other race||46,858||1.6|
|Hispanic or Latino and Race|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||82,473||2.8|
|Other Hispanic or Latino||17,879||0.6|
|Not Hispanic or Latino||2,843,851||97.2|
|Own child under 18 years||686,153||23.4|
|Under 18 years||29,297||1.0|
|In group quarters||104,169||3.6|
|Households by Type|
|Family households (families)||769,684||67.0|
|With own children under 18 years||361,153||31.4|
|With own children under 18 years||274,565||23.9|
|Female householder, no husband present||98,270||8.6|
|With own children under 18 years||64,367||5.6|
|Householder living alone||313,083||27.2|
|Householder 65 years and over||130,739||11.4|
|Households with individuals under 18 years||382,455||33.3|
|Households with individuals 65 years and over||291,420||25.4|
|Average household size||2.46||(X)|
|Average family size||3.00||(X)|
|Total housing units||1,232,511||100.0|
|Occupied housing units||1,149,276||93.2|
|Vacant housing units||83,235||6.8|
|For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use||16,472||1.3|
|Homeowner vacancy rate (percent)||1.7||(X)|
|Rental vacancy rate (percent)||6.8||(X)|
|Occupied housing units||1,149,276||100.0|
|Owner-occupied housing units||831,419||72.3|
|Renter-occupied housing units||317,857||27.7|
|Average household size of owner-occupied unit||2.57||(X)|
|Average household size of renter-occupied unit||2.15||(X)|