At the IBA Human Resources Conference on April 18, Drew Conrad, Senior Program Manager at UNI’s Institute for Decision Making, shared numerous statistics on Iowa’s changing demographics. He discussed what those changes will mean for the future of the workforce and economic development. While the state population in growing, many of the rural counties are shrinking in size, with the population relocation to the metro and suburban areas of the state. Since 2000, 33 counties increased in size and 337 of Iowa’s 947 cities added population. However, Iowa now has 23 counties under 10,000 people and 664 cities under 1,000 people. Mr. Conrad’s presentation includes additional information on employment and workforce, characteristics of Iowa households and families and useful resources.
Iowas Changing Demographics April 2012