Tipton is a city in Cedar County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,221 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cedar County.
Tipton was platted within Center Township in 1840 and was named for General John Tipton, a personal friend of the founder, Henry W. Higgins. The city was incorporated on January 27, 1857.
Tipton is located at 41°46′14″N 91°7′45″W (41.770530, -91.129061).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.09 square miles (5.41 km2), all land.
At the 2000 census there were 3,155 people, 1,334 households, and 868 families living in the city. The population density was 1,732.2 people per square mile (669.3/km2). There were 1,404 housing units at an average density of 770.8 per square mile (297.9/km2). The racial makup of the city was 98.61% White, 0.35% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08%.
Of the 1,334 households 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.1% of households were one person and 16.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.87.