Cities & States

Polk County
Population: 452,369
Linn County
Population: 216,640
Scott County
Population: 169,994
Johnson County
Population: 139,436
Black Hawk County
Population: 132,496
Woodbury County
Population: 102,530
Dubuque County
Population: 95,906
Story County
Population: 93,586
Pottawattamie County
Population: 93,213
Dallas County
Population: 74,892


State 0f Iowa Demographics

When some people think of cornfields when they think of The Hawkeye State, Iowa’s economy benefits from an “agronomic ecosystem.” It may start with corn, but corn is just the beginning, extending into the food processing, new construction materials and even renewal fuel industries, according to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “Our agronomic ecosystem creates industries not just products.” While agriculture played an historic role in Iowa’s economy, the state become more diversified in the 1980s when it became more dependent on manufacturing, biotechnology, finance and government services.

Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by manufacturing; retail trade; health care and social assistance; and finance and insurance; respectively.

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Iowa for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Iowa has a mixed current employment scorecard. Its labor force and labor force participation rate both declined about one percent, while its unemployment rate declined 0.4 percent. The unemployment rate is at a very good 3.3 percent, and the actual labor force participation rate, while declining, is a very healthy 68.4 percent. You can view what jobs are available in Iowa, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

iowa demographics

View more Iowa demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Iowa below. More employment information for the State of Iowa and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
4.45% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Iowa

Directory of Counties in Iowa

Iowa Unemployment Data
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