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Population
  2010 2012
Population 3,046,355 3,074,186
Median Age 38.1 38.1
Total 8 year-olds 39,897 40,507
Boys 20,405 20,897
Girls 19,492 19,610
Total 9 year-olds 40,441 40,019
Boys 20,739 20,368
Girls 19,702 19,651
Total 10 year-olds 40,819 39,708
Boys 20,907 20,335
Girls 19,912 19,373
Total 11 year-olds 39,909 40,337
Boys 20,446 20,708
Girls 19,463 19,629
Total 12 year-olds 40,204 41,005
Boys 20,595 20,951
Girls 19,609 20,054
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 79.3% 79.9%
Car Pool 9.7% 9.0%
Public Transportation 1.1% 1.1%
Work at Home 4.8% 4.7%

Geography
Capital Des Moines
Largest City Des Moines
Second Largest City Cedar Rapids
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 54.5

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 1,056 1,057
Amusement Parks 5 4
Fast-Food Restaurants 1,855 1,937
Toy Stores 99 92
Video/Disc Rental Stores 127 77
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 8 6
Candy & Nut Stores 23 16
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 73 71
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 4 4

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: December 28, 1846
  • Population 1850: 192,914
  • Population 1900: 2,231,853
  • Population 1950: 2,621,073
  • Population 2000: 2,926,324

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Hawkeye State
  • Flower: Wild Prairie Rose
  • Tree: Oak
  • Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
  • Insect: Honeybee
  • Grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass
  • Rock: Geode

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.