About Linn County

Linn County is located in East Central Iowa and is the second most populous county in the state. Originally home to the Sac, Fox and Winnebago tribes, this area’s first settlers arrived in 1836. In 1839, the area was named Linn County in recognition of Lewis Fields Linn, a Missouri senator and strong proponent of Western expansion and development. The first rail line was established in Cedar Rapids in 1859. Barge and rail transportation were key in the emergence of Cedar Rapids as the freight, commerce and grain milling center of Eastern Iowa. Today, the city is home to some of the largest grain processing companies in the world – Quaker Oats, Cargill, ADM Corn Processing, Ingredion, Genencor, Ralston Foods and General Mills. The rural areas of Linn County grew as well. Farmsteads appeared and small communities developed. The communities varied in size, but often retail merchandise, professional services and social activities became available for those nearby.

Growth

Linn County is one of the fastest growing areas in Iowa. A report from the Population and Economic Forecasts Technical Advisory Committee predicted a 10 percent population increase each decade through 2030 and job growth of 14 percent to 21 percent each decade.

Economy

Linn County continues to be Iowa’s largest manufacturing center and the agricultural, industrial and service based companies provide economic stability to the local economy. Modest growth in manufacturing will continue even though major employment gains continue to be in service industries with financial services representing the largest growth area from the prior year. Only about 2 percent of Linn County employment population is directly employed in farming.

Demographic Profile

Population224,690
Per Capita Personal Income$53,574
Median Age37.63
Public School Enrollment38,338
Private School Enrollment3,304
Unemployment 2.7%

Source: FY18 Linn County Comprehensive Annual Report


Linn County Quick Facts

Linn County FY19 Budget
$118 million
Percent of Budget from Property Taxes
58%
Employees
729
Square Miles
726
Approximate Miles of Secondary Roads
1,147
Linn County manages over 7,000 acres in the form of parks, preserves, natural areas and trails.