The Region 6 Planning Commission area includes Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama Counties located in east central Iowa. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Region 6 area has a population of 94,863, which is just over 3% of Iowa’s total population. In the Region 6 area, Marshall County is the most populated county accounting for nearly half the residents in the area with 40,648 residents. Hardin, Poweshiek, and Tama Counties have similar size populations of 17,534; 18,914; and 17,767 respectively.
Marshalltown, where the Region 6 Planning Commission office is located, is the largest city in the area and serves as the county seat of Marshall County. According the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Marshalltown is 27,552, which accounts for nearly 75% of the entire Marshall County population. Other large cities in the Region 6 area include Grinnell, located in Poweshiek County, with a population of 9,218 and Iowa Falls, which is located in Hardin County, with a population of 5,238. All other Region 6 cities have a population sized less than 3,000 with most cities at less than 1,000 residents. In addition to our four counties, the Meskwaki Settlement is also located in the Region 6 planning area along Highway 30 near Tama and Toledo in Tama County.
Each of the four Region 6 Planning Commission counties is unique in not just population but also other factors including environmental, economic, and cultural and social assets. Some examples include varying topography and flood risk, rail lines running through certain cities and rural areas, community and private colleges, historic structures, existing and future development plans, secular and non-secular organizations, large processing and manufacturing facilities, locally and nationally owend businesses, and varying social equity priorities are several but not an exhaustive list of the unique factors that affect resdients in Region 6 planning area. Throughout its work, the Region 6 Planning Commission strives to understand and incorporate the local context of each county, city, and neighborhood in order to achieve the best results possible.