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Cedar Falls, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Cedar Falls had a population of 41,742 as of July 1, 2017. Cedar Falls ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cedar Falls is located at latitude 42.5194 and longitude -92.4527 in Black Hawk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cedar Falls (see map below) encompass a land area of 28.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0.86 sq. miles. Black Hawk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 879 feet.

The City of Cedar Falls (GNIS ID: 2393774) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Cedar Falls is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Black Hawk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cedar Falls population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Cedar Falls, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 41,742
Daytime Population: Workers 20,593
Daytime Population: Residents 20,692
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 41,285
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.99
Population in Households 37,461
Population in Familes 24,970
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,281
Population Density2 1,452
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $53,821
Average Household Income $71,989
Per Capita Income $28,077


Total Housing Units 16,748 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,866 (58.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,877 (35.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,005 ( 6.0%)
Median Home Value $186,792
Average Home Value $208,905


Total Households 15,743
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 8,650
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.85% 0.8%
Households 1.04% 0.86%
Families 0.93% 0.78%
Median Household Income   1.44%
Per Capita Income   2.17%

Cedar Falls, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cedar Falls to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 13 99th
Population Density # 111 89th
Diversity Index # 159 84th
Median Household Income # 521 48th
Per Capita Income # 439 57th

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