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Population
  2010 2018
Population 3,046,355 3,156,145
Rank 31 32
Median Age 38.1 38.2
   
Total 8 year-olds 39,897 40,848
Boys 20,405 20,854
Girls 19,492 19,994
Total 9 year-olds 40,441 41,091
Boys 20,739 21,145
Girls 19,702 19,946
Total 10 year-olds 40,819 42,109
Boys 20,907 21,421
Girls 19,912 20,688
Total 11 year-olds 39,909 42,237
Boys 20,446 21,641
Girls 19,463 20,596
Total 12 year-olds 40,204 41,927
Boys 20,595 21,419
Girls 19,609 20,508
Total 13 year-olds 39,954 41,228
Boys 20,706 21,044
Girls 19,248 20,184
Total 14 year-olds 40,018 41,063
Boys 20,673 21,095
Girls 19,345 19,968
 
How People Get to Work: 2010 2018
Drive Alone 79.3% 81.6%
Car Pool 9.7% 8.1%
Public Transportation 1.1% 1.0%
Work at Home 4.8% 5.1%
 
Computer and Internet Use: 2018
Homes with a Computer 90.5%

Geography
  2010
Capital Des Moines
Largest City Des Moines
Second Largest City Cedar Rapids
Persons Per Square Mile 54.5

Business
  2010 2017
Dentist Offices 1,056 1,066
Amusement Parks 5 5
Fast-Food Restaurants 1,855 2,131
Toy Stores 99 90
Video/Disc Rental Stores 127 48
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 8 7
Candy & Nut Stores 23 19
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 73 71
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 4 3

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

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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
  • Population 2010: 3,046,355

I never knew that! *

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

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, Population Estimates, County Business Patterns, and Puerto Rico Community Survey.

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

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