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Cities are a bright spot in Iowa's Economy


A study of Iowa's economic landscape shows the state's ten largest cities are the biggest contributors to the economy.

The analysis by the Metropolitan Coalition shows Ames, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Sioux City, Waterloo and West Des Moines make up only 29% of Iowa's population. However, those ten cities represent 36% of all jobs in the state.

"It is clearly evident that the overall economic importance of Iowa's metropolitan areas far exceeds their demographic strengths," said Iowa State University economist Dave Swenson.

The analysis also showed the metro areas are responsible for 39 % of the state's gross domestic product as well as 47% of sales.




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