The Iowa Profile serves as a comprehensive data resource, offering policymakers and community leaders valuable insights across various domains such as housing, public health, safety, transportation, education, quality of life and economy.
The first of its kind tool provides customized reports and enables comparisons with other regions, empowering changemakers in community and economic development to make informed decisions based on regularly updated data from diverse sources. The tool provides essential information for designing effective programs and resources to foster opportunities for Iowans, communities and businesses to thrive.
Explore the five statewide dashboards linked below or scroll down to create your own interactive and customized regional dashboards.
Uncover key insights into the people that call our communities home.
Delve into the crucial elements shaping the well-being of Iowans and our communities.
Explore regional housing landscapes and identify unmet housing needs and priorities.
Explore data on the amount and types of jobs as well as details on the local labor force, average commute times and more.
Explore the projected demand for homes based on type and income by 2030.
*Available Statewide and County only
*Housing Forecast available at state and county levels only.
You may select a Geography Type by:
If generating a Housing Forecast dashboard for a county, the generated dashboard will default to the statewide Iowa Housing Forecast. Click on the “County Forecast” link on the left to view the county level Housing Forecast dashboard.
Select dashboard type and geographic region to explore dashboards and compare regions. Please follow the instructions above.
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This Iowa Profile dashboard generator is designed to compare geographies within Iowa at the state, county, place, zip code, and census tract level. If you are interested in learning more about mySidewalk and exploring community data insights for geographies outside of Iowa, please reach out to mySidewalk
Yes, in the Iowa Profile dashboard generator, select “Place” under geography types and the map will outline cities where the data is available. Places are defined by the census as concentrations of population density, so this geography level won’t cover all areas of the state. Select the cities you want to explore on the map and then generate a dashboard.
We use numerous sources for data in these dashboards to enhance the data storytelling across Iowa. There is a source listed below each chart and a data definitions page will be added soon.
You can embed individual charts from your dashboards into a webpage, click the </> symbol next to the chart to copy the embed code. You can add a hyperlink for the whole dashboard to other web pages as well, just copy the URL of your dashboard.
About 50% of the data indicators in these dashboards are updated automatically, annually, based on when new data becomes available from the source. For example, ACS 5-Year Estimate data gets updated every December. HUD CHAS data gets updated in the fall (subject to change). The rest of the data in the dashboards is static from when you generate your dashboard. About once a year, the data sources in the Iowa Profile Dashboard Generator will be updated and IFA will announce the updates.
No, there is not an option to exclude state-level data from the dashboards, however, you can go through and deselect Iowa from the charts so it is only showing data at a smaller granularity.
The dashboards don’t include data on top employers, but do include top industries.
There are a few additional charts throughout the dashboards, such as the demographics dashboard, that include projection data, but the Housing Forecast dashboard is the only dashboard exclusively looking at projection data. If you are interested in additional projection data, please let IFA know and we can explore adding it during future updates.
It depends on what you want to learn using the Iowa Profile. The data tool enables you to compare across the same type of geographies, such as county to county or census tract to census tract. You could consider comparing your geography to your peer county, city, zip, or census tract. You could consider comparing geographies of similar areas or population density. All dashboards also include automatic comparisons to larger geographies than selected, such as state data.
There is low-income data in the dashboard on several of the dashboards, particularly on the demographics, economy, and housing dashboards. If you are interested in CDFI data, please let IFA know and we can explore it for future Iowa Profile updates.
There isn’t an option to select all counties at once, you will need to download multiple dashboards. Some of the dashboards have maps looking at data across the whole state which may allow for comparison across counties or census tracts. Another place to look would be the state dashboards for that bigger-picture view of the data. The state dashboards are available at iowafinance.com/iowaprofile.
The margin of error is not included in the dashboards, however, a data definitions page will be available soonto allow you to dive deeper into the data definitions and the methodology behind the data.
Yes, you will find veteran status data at the bottom of the Demographics dashboard.
Nebraska also has a dashboard generator. mySidewalk has a data library with over 4 billion data points with data from geographies from the national level down to the census block group. If you are interested in data for additional states and communities, reach out to mySidewalk to learn more about mySidewalk’s complete data library and data storytelling tools.
The dashboards don’t contain origin-destination data. The data values in these dashboards belong to only one geography.
There is some historical data included throughout the dashboard, but if you are interested in additional data, please follow up with IFA and we can explore adding the historical data for future updates.
For each data indicator, we included all data available from the original data source for all geography levels included in the Iowa Profile (state, county, place, zip, census tract). There may be geographies where there is no data available and that may be due to data availability, lack of data reporting, or a limit on the amount of data available, among other reasons.
A data definitions page will be available soon.
Data transparency is a top priority for IFA with the investment in this free-to-use data tool. Feel free to share the data dashboards, link to certain charts, embed them in your website, and post them on social media.
This data is not currently in the Iowa Profile, however if you are interested in specific data being added, please reach out to IFA and we will explore the data for future updates.
There is data on the top industries people work in based on where they live and there is commuting time and distance data. These indicators can be found in the Economy dashboard.
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