Iowa’s population grows 2.5 percent since 2010

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Iowa’s population has grown by more than 77,000 since 2010, according to new estimates provided to the State Data Center from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2015 estimated population of the state is 3,123,899 people.

“Iowa’s population has continued to grow over the past 27 years,” said Gary Krob, coordinator of the State Data Center. “Total U.S. growth has averaged 4 percent since 2010, while Iowa’s has been a more modest 2.5 percent.”

Another Midwest state, North Dakota, has averaged the fastest growth in the nation with a 12.5 percent increase in population since 2010. For the rest of the Midwest, South Dakota (5.4 percent), Nebraska (3.8 percent) and Minnesota (3.5 percent) all had faster growth than Iowa, while Kansas (2.1 percent), Wisconsin (1.5 percent), Missouri (1.6 percent) and Illinois (0.2 percent) experienced slower growth than Iowa.

Nationally, the total estimated population of the U.S. now stands at 321,418,820. West Virginia was the only state to lose population since 2010 (-0.5 percent).

The Census Bureau release also includes information about Iowa births, deaths and migration from other states and countries. Since 2010, there were 203,935 births in the state and 22,110 residents moved to Iowa from other states and counties. That total is offset by 147,916 deaths and a net loss of 7,170 residents who moved out of the state.

The new Iowa population estimates, rankings, charts and maps are available on the State Data Center’s website at

The U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates Program prepared the latest population estimates, based on administrative data for births and deaths and estimates of migration since the 2010 census, in partnership with the Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates. The State Data Center at the State Library of Iowa is a member of the Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates.