Iowa Resources

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Iowa State Home Page

Iowa State government links: Executive and legislative agencies for Iowa.

Government Agencies

Iowa Child Support Services

Iowa Department of Education

Iowa Department of Human Services: Provides Iowa state welfare and family support policies and programs.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Workforce Development

Iowa State Association of Counties

State Legislative Links

Iowa State Legislature

Iowa State Constitution, statutes, legislation, session laws, Administrative Code, Administrative Bulletin.

Census Bureau

State and County Quickfacts for Iowa: Offers tables or maps of such information for states and counties only.

Data Centers for Iowa: Joint projects of the Census Bureau and particular states, make state data available to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments. Links to existing centers with a Web presence appear below, under each state.

Poverty by census tracts in Iowa; tracts with 20 percent or more poverty

American Community Survey for Iowa: Provides socioeconomic data for a range of years for selected states, counties, and other jurisdictions. The plan is to extend the ACS to all U.S. states.

Census 2000 data for Iowa

Iowa Population Estimates by Sex and Age (.pdf file)

Iowa Population Estimates by Sex, Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin (.pdf file)

Other Sources of Data and Statistics

CIESIN Demographic Data Cartogram Service (DDCarto): Provided by Columbia University, includes information on Iowa.

Regional Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP): at Iowa State University, which "collects, analyzes, interprets, and disseminates information on social, economic, and demographic trends," is a well-organized site containing county-level data for states in the Midwestern region; it appears to be the main source of Iowa county data. Iowa state government agencies have posted numerous statistical reports on the Web; these are mostly .pdf facsimiles of printed reports.

Iowa Factbook: Contains information at the state level only.

Statistical Abstract: Iowa publishes a statistical abstract every year or few years. The Census Bureau publishes a guide to the most recent editions.

USDA Food and Nutrition Services: Iowa

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Facts: Provides health statistics on programs such as Medicaid.

Education Reports, Data, and Statistics: Iowa Department of Education's information on early childhood, elementary, and secondary education, as well as data on community colleges.

Iowa School District Demographics: This liks to the main page for the maps. Select "Iowa:" and proceed. Provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Annie E. Casey Foundation Kidscount CLIKS database: Provides county, city, and community level indicators of children's well-being in Iowa. The site allows users to create specific tables and graphs in many combinations and comparative formats; data were assembled through the national Kidscount Network, and the availability of particular indicators varies among states.

National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center: Provides demographic information about the children, families and child care in Iowa, as well as contact information for different state agencies involved in child care. The profiles also contain links to additional state and national resources.

Nongovernment Agencies

University Research Centers and Institutes

Center for Family Policy: The Center for Family Policy at Iowa State University conducts research about how local and state-level policies affect family well-being.

Institute for Social and Behavioral Research: The Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, at Iowa State University, focuses on the understanding of human behavior and applying that understanding to the development of programs and policies to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Public Policy Center: The University of Iowa's Public Policy Center facilitates interdisciplinary academic research on public policy issues.


Cedar Rapids Gazette

Des Moines Register

Iowa City Press-Citizen

Quad-City Times (Davenport)

Sioux City Journal Politics and policy news for Iowa. Search on state name.


Promising Practices Catalog: The database contains human services initiatives for Iowa.


State Policy Documentation Project