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The city of Tipton is the county seat of Cedar County and located directly in the heart of the county. With a prime location Tipton is just seven miles south of Highway 30 and eight miles north of Interstate 80 as well as having two state highways (130 & 38) intersecting in downtown Tipton. With a short driving distance Tipton is just 30 miles from Iowa City and 40 miles from Cedar Rapids and Davenport. Tipton is an equal distance of 45 miles to both the Eastern Iowa Airport and the Quad City International Airport connects to many non-stop destinations throughout the country.

Tipton Economic Development Corporation owns the 85 acre business park and holds options on an adjoining 158 acres available for large development projects. Tipton also has the first certified Shovel Ready Site in the state of Iowa.

With a thriving downtown Tipton has a variety of businesses such as; a grocery store, pharmacy, and a variety of dining options. In addition Tipton has a 9-hole golf course, and an aquatic center, James Kennedy Family Aquatic Center.


The Tipton Community School District serves PreK-12th graders. Kindergarten through eighth grade is housed in the same facility. The high school is across town and serves grades 9-12th. With 900 students it makes for smaller class size, and more one on one time with teachers and students.

Population is 3,221, which grew since the 2000 US Census.

Percentage of Population by Age:

  • 20.8% (670 people) - Seniors (65+)
  • 25.5% (820 people) - Boomers (45-65)
  • 18.2% (586 people) - Adults (30-44)
  • 9.4% (304 people) - Young Adults (20-29)
  • 26.1% (840 people) - Children (19 and under)

Median Age Population by Gender:

  • Male- 40.0
  • Female- 44.3

Median household income is $39, 119. There are 1,394 households with 842 family households (60.4%). The percent of the population in owner occupied units is 74.4% compared to the state of Iowa that has 72.8%, and the United State in 65.2%.

Founded in 1840 the city of Tipton has many large, beautiful historical buildings which have housed many different types of businesses. With more than 100 businesses Tipton has just what you are looking for.

For more information about the community, please utilize the following links:

City of Tipton
Chamber of Commerce
Tipton Community School District

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