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DES MOINES—Iowa’s population has grown by more than 87,824 since 2010, according to new estimates provided to the State Data Center from the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2016 estimated population of the state is 3,134,693 people.

“Iowa’s population continues it’s slow and steady growth that we have seen for the past few decades,” said Gary Krob, coordinator of the State Data Center.

Since 2010, the fastest growing state continues to be North Dakota with a 12.7% increase in population. Other Midwest states that grew at a faster rate than Iowa during this time period include South Dakota (6.3%), Nebraska (4.4%), and Minnesota (4.1%). Kansas (1.9%), Missouri (1.7%), Wisconsin (1.6%) and Illlinois (-0.2%) experienced slower growth rates than Iowa.

Nationally, the total estimated population of the U.S. now stands at 323,127,513. While most of the U.S. saw an increase, three states did have a decline in their population; West Virginia (-1.2%), Illinois (-0.2%), and Vermont (-0.2%).

The Census Bureau release also includes information about Iowa births, deaths and migration from other states and countries. Since 2010, there were 243,461 births in the state and 35,326 residents moved to Iowa from other countries. That total is offset by 178,416 deaths and a net loss of 10,683 residents who moved out of the state.

“This is the start of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 population estimates cycle,” said Krob. “We will see county and city population totals later this Spring and early Summer, as well as characteristics of the population for the state and counties.”

The new Iowa population estimates, rankings, charts and maps are available on the State Data Center’s website at

The U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates Program prepared the latest population estimates, based on administrative data for births and deaths and estimates of migration since the 2010 Census, in partnership with the Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates. The State Data Center at the State Library of Iowa is a member of the Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates.

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