Iowa

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2020 Population
3.15M
0.335% 1-year growth
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
38.3
0.262% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
11.1%
2.95% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$61,836
2.17% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$153,900
4.13% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
1.52M
0.309% 1-year decline

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In 2020, Iowa had a population of 3.15M people with a median age of 38.3 and a median household income of $61,836. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Iowa grew from 3.14M to 3.15M, a 0.335% increase and its median household income grew from $60,523 to $61,836, a 2.17% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Iowa are White (Non-Hispanic) (85%), White (Hispanic) (4.08%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.63%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.5%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.21%).

8.37% of the households in Iowa reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.8% of the residents in Iowa are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Iowa are University of Iowa (9,700 degrees awarded in 2020), Iowa State University (9,104 degrees), and Des Moines Area Community College (3,695 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Iowa was $153,900, and the homeownership rate was 71.2%.

Most people in Iowa drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Iowa was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Iowa is home to a population of 3.15M people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 5.41% of Iowa residents were born outside of the country (170k people).

In 2020, there were 20.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.68M people) in Iowa than any other race or ethnicity. There were 128k White (Hispanic) and 114k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Iowa are Spanish (121,749 households), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (11,330 households), and German (10,009 households).

Population by Location

Sex
RACE/ETHNICITY
The 3 PUMAS with the highest resident population
  1. 225,244
  2. 201,955
  3. 199,615

In 2020 there were 3,150,011 residents in Iowa.

The Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA) with the highest resident population were Carr 2-Carr 111 PUMA, PR (149,549 people), Carr 2 (Noroeste) PUMA, PR (115,778 people), and Carr 2-Carr 100 PUMA, PR (123,359 people).

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Residents by Gender and Age

RACE/ETHNICITY
1,586,124
Women
50.4%
1,563,887
Men
49.6%

The resident population of United States in 2020 was 3,150,011 inhabitants, with 49.6% men, and 50.4% women.

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Citizenship

96.8%
2020 Citizenship
96.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.8% of Iowa residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Iowa was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Iowa
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    2.68M ± 1.03k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    128k ± 2.45k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    114k ± 1.86k
6.17%
Hispanic Population
194k people

In 2020, there were 20.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.68M people) in Iowa than any other race or ethnicity. There were 128k White (Hispanic) and 114k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.17% of the people in Iowa are hispanic (194k people).

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    41,266 ± 4,955 people
  2. India
    10,872 ± 2,556 people
  3. China
    9,649 ± 2,408 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,266 Iowa residents, followed by India with 10,872 and China with 9,649.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.41%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
170k people
5.3%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
166k people

As of 2020, 5.41% of Iowa residents (170k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Iowa was 5.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    121,749 households (4.12%)
  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    11,330 households (0.383%)
  3. German
    10,009 households (0.339%)

8.37% of the households in Iowa reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2020, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Iowa was Spanish. 4.12% of the households in Iowa reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    68,105 ± 1,191
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    27,176 ± 1,134
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    21,743 ± 878

Iowa has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Iowa employs 1.52M people. The largest industries in Iowa are Elementary & secondary schools (93,831 people), Construction (88,156 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (73,965 people), and the highest paying industries are Fishing, hunting & trapping ($142,533), Ship & boat building ($135,014), and Software publishing ($125,908).

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,102. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.438, which is lower than than the national average.

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
730,092
Women
48.1%
787,941
Men
51.9%

The workforce of Iowa in 2020 was 1,518,033 people, with 48.1% woman, and 51.9% men.

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Workforce and Wage by Location

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RACE/ETHNICITY

In 2020 there were 1,518,033 people working in Iowa. The Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA) that concentrated the largest workforce were Carr 2-Carr 111 PUMA, PR (38,236 people), Carr 2 (Noroeste) PUMA, PR (29,220 people), and Carr 2-Carr 100 PUMA, PR (29,330 people).

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Occupations

1.52M
2020 Value
−0.309%
1 Year decline
± −0.309%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Iowa declined at a rate of −0.309%, from 1.52M employees to 1.52M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Iowa, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (45,991 people), Registered nurses (37,409 people), and Laborers & freight, stock, & material movers, hand (36,211 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Iowa.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

1.52M
2020 Value
−0.309%
1 Year decline
± −0.309%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Iowa declined at a rate of −0.309%, from 1.52M employees to 1.52M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Iowa, are Elementary & secondary schools (93,831 people), Construction (88,156 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (73,965 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Iowa, though some of these residents may live in Iowa and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,586
Median earning men ± $301
$31,689
Median earning women ± $190

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($66,496), Public Administration ($63,892), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,111).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($51,339), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($45,111), and Wholesale Trade ($38,736).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 55,958
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 46,032
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 29,884
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $87.2M
    Manufacturing
  2. $49.5M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $45.9M
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $20.9B
  2. $19.9B
  3. $18.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Machinery with $20.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($19.9B) and Meat/seafood ($18.8B).

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$262B
2020 Value in Iowa
$518B
Projected 2050 Value in Iowa
97.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Iowa trade was $262B. This is expected to increase 97.9% to $518B by 2050.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $23.7B
  2. $16.5B
  3. $11.4B

In 2020, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $23.7B, followed by Minnesota with $16.5B and Texas and $11.4B.

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flagCivics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Iowa went to Donald J. Trump with 52.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.16%).

The most partisan county was Lyon County, IA with 83.3% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Iowa
52.8% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Iowa
  1. 83.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 82.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Iowa was Lyon County, IA with 83.3% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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US Senators from Iowa

Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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learningEducation

In 2020, universities in Iowa awarded 55,943 degrees. The student population of Iowa in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 94,101 male students and 115,452 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Iowa are White (40,895 and 78%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (3,474 and 6.63%), Unknown (2,645 and 5.05%), and Black or African American (2,423 and 4.62%).

The largest universities in Iowa by number of degrees awarded are University of Iowa (9,700 and 17.3%), Iowa State University (9,104 and 16.3%), and Des Moines Area Community College (3,695 and 6.6%).

The most popular majors in Iowa are Liberal Arts & Sciences (5,869 and 10.5%), Registered Nursing (2,554 and 4.57%), and General Business Administration & Management (2,100 and 3.75%).

The median tuition costs in Iowa are $32,095 for private four year colleges, and $8,042 and $23,230 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2020 in Iowa, the percentage of applicants admitted was 73.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 21.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 209,553 (44.9% men and 55.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 209,553 students enrolled in Iowa, 44.9% men and 55.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 148,361 records, of which 56.5% were women and 43.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,244 degree-majors awarded
  2. 1,205 degree-majors awarded
  3. 1,114 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Iowa was Registered Nursing with 1,244 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,700 degrees awarded
  2. 9,104 degrees awarded
  3. 3,695 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Iowa with 9,700 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 24,843 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Iowa, which is 0.799 times less than the 31,100 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 40,895 degrees mean that there were 11.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 3,474 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($32,095) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,274) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,348) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.541% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.593% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Iowa in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (734k), Some college (566k), and Bachelors Degree (451k).

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Iowa was $153,900 in 2020, which is 0.67 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $147,800 to $153,900, a 4.13% increase. The homeownership rate in Iowa is 71.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Iowa have an average commute time of 19.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Iowa is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Iowa is $61,836. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Iowa was Dallas County, IA with a value of $88,368, followed by Warren County, IA and Mills County, IA, with respective values of $80,309 and $75,137.

In 2021, 11.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Iowa. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.0285%.

Property

$153,900
Median Property Value 2020
±$867
$906,967
Median Property Taxes
±$5,990

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Rent vs Own

71.2%
Homeownership
2020
62.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 71.2% of the housing units in Iowa were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Iowa was Dallas County, IA with a value of $88,368, followed by Warren County, IA and Mills County, IA, with respective values of $80,309 and $75,137.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$61,836
Median Household Income
± $294
1.27M
Number of Households
± 7,551

In 2020, the median household income of the 1.27M households in Iowa grew to $61,836 from the previous year's value of $60,523.

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Wage Distribution

0.438
2020 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.442
2019 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2020, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.438 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.914% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (80.2%)
  2. Carpooled (8.04%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.41%)

In 2020, 80.2% of workers in Iowa drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.04%) and those who worked at home (6.41%).

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Commute Time

19.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Iowa have a shorter commute time (19.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.45% of the workforce in Iowa have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Iowa distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Iowa have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 11.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Iowa. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.0285%.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Iowa (339k out of 3.05M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Iowa is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 12.8% of the children was living in poverty in Iowa. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 3.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 282 in Iowa. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 14.4 per 100,000 population.

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pulseHealth

95.3% of the population of Iowa has health coverage, with 53.4% on employee plans, 15.1% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Iowa was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Iowa see 1357 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.09% decrease from the previous year (1372 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1452 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 607 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Iowa, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,357 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Iowa

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,357 patients per year. This represents a 1.09% decrease from the previous year (1,372 patients).

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Iowa across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.8% under 18 years, 21.3% between 18 and 34 years, 37.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.69%
Uninsured
53.4%
Employer Coverage
15.1%
Medicaid
12.8%
Medicare
12.8%
Non-Group
1.23%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Iowa grew by 0.373% from 4.67% to 4.69%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 48.1 in Iowa.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 34.3% in Iowa.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 5.61% in Iowa.

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