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Old 02-10-2011, 02:04 PM
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I see the new local-level census information has been released. I'm always a freak for numbers

A few items I noticed:

Des Moines Metro:
2010: 569,633
2000: 481,394

Des Moines CSA:
2010: 639,784
2000: 550,659

Des Moines city has also gotten up above 200,000

Iowa City Metro:
2010: 152,586
2000: 131,676

Cedar Rapids Metro
2010: 257,940
2000: 237,230
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:25 AM
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I was really hoping to rub it in H2loo's face, but unfortunately Waterloo is still the fifth largest city in the state, just barely hanging on at 68,406 vs. Iowa City's 67,862. Iowa City increased by 9.1% from 62,000 in 2000, while Waterloo fell by .5%.

Some surprises:

*Dubuque declined
*Fort Madison, Fort Dodge, Ottumwa, and Oskaloosa all increased
*Newton's population mostly stable at 15,000 despite Maytag leaving
*Johnston had a whopping increase of almost 100%, doubling from 8,500 to 17,000
*Waukee had the largest percentage increase in the state...I believe it's at 15,000 now
*Council Bluffs broke the 60,000 threshold, coming in at 62,000
*Parkersburg maintained most of its population despite the devastating tornado a couple years ago
*Ames is now at 58,000
*Creston saw some significant growth compared to other small towns around it
*Ankeny may overtake West Des Moines by 2020; it grew to 45,000 (+18000) vs. WDM's 56,000 (+10000)

Not surprising:
*River towns like Sioux City, Burlington, Clinton, and Keokuk continued to decline
*Ongoing rural to urban shift, with most people moving to Des Moines and the CR-IC corridor
*Western Iowa towns and counties hit the worst
*Other decliners: Mason City, Spencer
*Other gainers: Marshalltown, Indianola, Norwalk, Pella

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:38 PM
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With Council Bluffs becoming an achor to the Omaha community (always was by definition, but not by role) the last 15 years, I expect CB to not only continue this type of growth, but to grow even faster. Most of the growth in CB was in the last 6 years of the decade. With all the commercial, retail, entertainment and substial residential developments, do not be surprised to see it reach 70,000 or more by 2020.
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