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Iowa census: growth almost entirely in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids areas

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DES MOINES — The Des Moines and Cedar Rapids metro areas have taken an ever larger share of Iowa’s population over the past 10 years, new Census figures show.

Detailed population figures were released Thursday, a once-per-decade report of the state’s demographic makeup, from the county level right down to the city block.

The figures, which were actual head counts taken last spring, not the estimates the government regularly produces, provide the basis for redrawing the state’s congressional, Statehouse and local political boundaries.

They also provide a picture of the state’s racial makeup, which has mostly changed in the number of Hispanics living in the state.

Iowa’s population patterns have been apparent for several years. When the state has grown it has been slow, with urban areas leading the way.

Please see the full article at Iowa City Blog


Ed Tibbetts • The Globe Gazette• February 10, 2011









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