Cedar Falls, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Cedar Falls, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Cedar Falls had a population of 41,656 as of July 1, 2018. 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 42.5278 and longitude -92.4455 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cedar Falls: Sturgis Falls.

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Cedar Falls, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 41,656
Population in Households 37,436
Population in Familes 24,612
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,220
Population Density2 1,449
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $56,207
Average Household Income $75,227
Per Capita Income $29,231


Total Housing Units 16,672 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,154 (60.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,527 (33.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 991 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $189,315
Average Home Value $214,142


Total Households 15,681
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 8,599
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.72% 0.64%
Households 0.86% 0.66%
Families 0.74% 0.57%
Median Household Income   1.13%
Per Capita Income   1.42%

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, 2018 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 # 145 86th
Median Household Income # 476 53rd
Per Capita Income # 465 54th

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