The population of the state by 1930 reached 2,470,039, which was just slightly more than a meager two and a half percent increase from the decade prior. However, that population still meant that there were more than forty-four people per square mile.
A total of 2,404,021 residents of Iowa were recorded in 1920. Nearly nine thousand people counted in the state were born in Canada. More than twenty-six hundred came from Mexico, where they were birthed and Syria-born individuals accounted for five hundred twelve people from the total population.
The people of Iowa received mixed news when the census came out in 1910. The population had actually fallen by a small percentage to 2,224,771 people, which were about seven thousand fewer residents than the year before. However, the state could also boast the lowest percentage of illiteracy in the nation at approximately two percent.
Iowa census records showed growth of about sixteen and a half percent over the decade preceding this census year. The new population totaled 2,231,858 people. Of those, there were 492,678 Iowa residents attending school.
Iowa's population was showing consistent growth. The 1890 census reported 1,911,896 people living within the borders. Most of those individuals were finding their way and building their lives within urban settings. There were seven counties with over forty-thousand residents.
A flat state, undoubtedly, the entire Iowa population in 1880, which totaled 1,624,615 people- a thirty-six percent growth rate from over the ten years since the previous decade's census- was reported to be living between five hundred and two thousand feet above sea level.
Iowa census records held very exciting news for the state's people in 1870. The population had jumped by a staggering seventy-seven percent to crush the one million mark. The new population was reported as 1,194,020 people.
The 1860 population in the state of Iowa was reported as 674,913 individuals. Of those, there were more than eighty-eight thousand recorded as farmers, but just over three thousand that claimed to be working as teachers.
The population, in 1850, soared to reach 192,419 residents. That was a three hundred forty-six percent increase in population as recorded a decade before. The population was not showing signs of slowing its growth either. In this same year, there were six thousand ninety-nine reported births and two thousand forty-four recorded deaths.
The population of Iowa in 1840 was just 43,112 people. There were just sixteen slaves recorded in the census that year and agriculture was the primary source of employment. More than ten thousand of the state's residents reported to be working in the field, which was a tremendous number, especially when considering that 14,598 people in the state were still under the age of ten.
The State Data Center of Iowa provides Iowa Census information for the various censuses that take place throughout the state. The resource also includes links to informational articles that provide a deeper look at the challenges and proceedings of the census. Simply click the “read more” link to find out more information on the topic, and you are directed to the appropriate page.
For users looking for historical population counts for the state of Iowa, Iowa State University keeps a table that is quite useful. The most recent 50 years are shown on the page; however, users can choose to download historical data as well. Users can also download state data to see how Iowa census information compares with other states.