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4,000 more Iowans? U.S. Census Bureau releases 2020 population estimates

Iowa population now at 3.16 million; U.S. at 329.5 million

A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, F
A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Iowa’s population increased slightly in 2020, according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate released Wednesday.

As of July 1, Iowa has 3,163,561 residents, according to the estimate.

Of that number, 77.1 percent, or 2,438,002, were 18 or older — old enough to vote. Other age breakdowns were not available.

Iowa’s 2020 population estimate is about 4,000 more residents than in 2019, when the population was estimate was 3,159,596. That’s a growth rate of around 0.12 percent.

The 2020 population increase is less than half the estimated 9.696 people who moved to the state between 2018 and 2019.

In the past decade, Iowa’s population has increased by an estimated 3.7 percent, an increase of more than 112,000 residents from 2010s 3,050,819.

For the county as a whole, the census bureau estimated the population increased by more than 1 million in 2020, to 329,484,123.

Of that number, 77.9 percent — or 256,662,010 — are of voting age, the census bureau estimated.

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The U.S. Census Bureau is aiming to have the new 2020 census compiled by April 1 so numbers can be sent to the states for the purposes of redistricting.

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