Cedar Rapids Iowa City Regional Report

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Compiled by Matt Fisher in the University of Iowa Department of Urban and Regional Planning, this report provides regional data in 13 key statistical areas, including Population, Labor Market, Income & Wages, Poverty, Housing Costs, Residential Building Permits, Business Starts, Patents, Capital Investment, Crime, School Enrollment, Graduation Rates and Education. This is the first report of its kind for the Cedar Rapids Iowa City region. The report was commissioned by the Corridor Business Alliance, with direct support from Kirkwood Community College

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  • CedarRapids/IowaCityRegionalDataReport

    October2010

    CompiledbyMaFisher,MSUniversityofIowaDepartmentofUrbanandRegionalPlanning

    Contacts:DeeBaird,PriorityOne,(319)7301420orJoeRaso,ICADGroup,(319)3543939

    AlliantEnergyCedarRapidsAreaChamberofCommerceEntrepreneurialDevelopmentCenterIowaCityAreaChamberofCommerceIowaCityAreaDevelopmentGroupJohnPappajohnEntrepreneurialCenter

    KirkwoodCommunityCollegeKirkwoodSmallBusinessDevelopmentCenterMidAmericanEnergyCompanyPriorityOneUniversityofIowaResearchFoundaonUniversityofIowaSmallBusinessDevelopmentCenter

    ThereportwascommissionedbytheCorridorBusinessAlliance,withdirectsupportfromKirkwoodCommunityCollege

    The Corridor Business Alliance

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    Table of Contents

    1. Population 2

    2. Labor Market 6

    3. Income and Wages 12

    4. Poverty 19

    5. Housing Costs 26

    6. Residential Building Permits 31

    7. Business Starts 37

    8. Patents 41

    9. Capital Investment 46

    10. Crime 50

    11. School Enrollment 57

    12. Graduation Rates 64

    13. Education 69

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    1. Population

    The corridor region, including the counties of Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington, is home to around 440,000 people (table 1.1). Our region accounts for nearly 15% of the state population, and this share is growing. In each decade since the 1920s, our population has grown at a faster rate than the state of Iowa (figure 1.1). In 1920, we had 8.3% of the state population. By 2000, the share had increased to 13.8%, and 2009 estimates put it at 14.7%.

    Table 1.1. County Population. Benton Cedar Iowa Johnson Jones Linn Washington Region

    1900 25,177 19,371 19,544 24,817 21,954 55,392 20,718 186,9731910 23,156 17,765 18,409 25,914 19,050 60,720 19,925 184,9391920 24,080 17,560 18,600 26,462 18,607 74,004 20,421 199,7341930 22,851 16,760 17,332 30,276 19,206 82,336 19,822 208,5831940 22,879 16,884 17,016 33,191 19,950 89,142 20,055 219,1171950 22,656 16,910 15,835 45,756 19,401 104,274 19,557 244,3891960 23,422 17,791 16,396 53,663 20,693 136,899 19,406 288,2701970 22,885 17,655 15,419 72,127 19,868 163,213 18,967 330,1341980 23,649 18,635 15,429 81,717 20,401 169,775 20,141 349,7471990 22,429 17,444 14,630 96,119 19,444 168,767 19,612 358,4452000 25,308 18,187 15,671 111,006 20,221 191,701 20,670 402,764

    2009* 26,734 18,006 15,811 131,005 20,364 209,226 21,258 442,404

    *Estimate Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

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    2. Labor Market

    Figures for employment come from two sources. The Census Bureau releases a report each year called County Business Pattern (CBP). This report includes, among other things, the number of employees in a county in each of some 1,200 sectors. These surveys do not include farmers, the self-employed, or government employees (with the exception of health care workers and public school teachers).

    The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, covers a slightly different set of industries, but it includes most government workers.

    In order to protect firms information, the reports will not release employment figures for industries or sectors which are dominated by a few large employers. Of the 19 industries covered by County Business Patterns, only 8 had reportable figures for all seven counties (table 2.1). Unlike the QCEW, the CBP will report an employment range, and from these we can at least establish a minimum industry employment for the region (table 2.2).

    Table 2.1. Employment by Industry by County, 2007. NAICSCode Description Benton Cedar Iowa Johnson Jones Linn Washington

    PrivateEmployment(BLS) 4,131 4,189 8,162 50,688 5,113 110,567 6,584

    TotalGovernmentEmployment(BLS) 1,521 1,090 1,084 23,346 1,430 12,832 1,453Federal 70 108 70 1,492 61 1,126 71State 128 N/A 29 N/A 415 559 68Local 1,324 N/A 985 N/A 954 11,148 1,315

    TotalEmployment(CBP)

    4,627 4,198 7,876 59,267 4,675 110,578 7,044

    11Agriculture,Forestry,FishingandHunting 019 2099

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    21 Mining 2099 0 0 2099 2099 51 2099

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    22 Utilities 2099 019 019 100249 2099 453 023 Construction 443 245 196 2,615 297 6,168 784

    3133Manufacturing

    783 60625004999 5,504 931 17,107 1,091

    42 WholesaleTrade 234 272 336 1,298 180 5,159 3034445 RetailTrade 846 596 1,223 8,473 1,002 14,406 1,0434849

    TransportationandWarehousing 323

    500999 169 4,442 158 7,233 100249

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    100 20992099 2,142 2099 5,509 96

    52FinanceandInsurance 200 156 122 1,875 206 8,832 217

    53RealEstateandRentalandLeasing 56 24

    2099 712 019 1,167 2099

    54Professional,Scientific,andTechnicalServices 87 90

    2099 1,965 134 4,649 202

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    AdministrativeandSupportandWasteManagementandRemediationServices 2099 356 133 1,940 74 7,249 61

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    62HealthCareandSocialAssistance 718 565 718 16,124 801 13,297 1,330

    71Arts,Entertainment,andRecreation 94 2099 80 598 46 1,319 72

    72AccommodationandFoodServices 338 303 687 6,783 348 9,204 1,263

    81OtherServices(exceptPublicAdministration) 247 168 137 2,158

    100249 4,151 328

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2007. U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, 2007. Since over half of the industries employment totals are suppressed for at least one county, it is difficult to get a picture of the Corridor labor force from these numbers. Furthermore, different industries could be suppressed next year, making it difficult to track regional changes in anything but total employment.

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    Chmura Economics makes available, for a fee, estimates for the suppressed BLS employment figures. Table 2.2 gives the estimated employment totals for the seven counties. Health care, education, retail, and manufacturing are the largest industries, with around 30,000 employees each. These figures include both private and public sector employees. Table 2.2. Regional Employment by Industry, 2009. Industry EmploymentAccommodationandFoodServices 18,847AdministrativeandSupportandWasteManagementandRemediationServices 11,927Agriculture,Forestry,FishingandHunting 947Arts,Entertainment,andRecreation 2,182Construction 11,309EducationalServices 29,005FinanceandInsurance 11,099HealthCareandSocialAssistance 33,782Information 7,549ManagementofCompaniesandEnterprises 725Manufacturing 30,295Mining,Quarrying,andOilandGasExtraction 326OtherServices(exceptPublicAdministration) 6,080Professional,Scientific,andTechnicalServices 6,754PublicAdministration 8,504RealEstateandRentalandLeasing 2,777RetailTrade 27,726TransportationandWarehousing 13,930Utilities 1,225WholesaleTrade 7,632TOTAL 232,624

    Source: Chmura Economics, 2010. The Corridor had a higher percentage of its workforce in Education (12.5%) and Health Care and Social Assistance (14.5%), compared to the nation and the State of Iowa (table 2.3). In manufacturing and retail, the Corridor devoted a smaller percentage than the State, but larger than the U.S. The Corridor also has a significantly greater percentage of its workforce in the Information (3.3%) and the Transportation and Warehousing (6.0%) industries, compared the U.S. and the State of Iowa.

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    Table 2.3. Employment by Industry as Percentage, 2009. Industry