100 Biggest Cities In Iowa For 2020

Using the latest Census data, we detail the 100 biggest cities in Iowa. You can all see a comprehensive list of all 285 cities and places in Iowa.

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We all love the biggest cities that the Hawkeye State has to offer. You know the places like Des Moines and Cedar Rapids which make all the headlines.

But there are a bunch of other great large cities in Iowa that don't get as much love.

We're going to change that right now.

Using the most recent Census data, we can tell you about all the places in Iowa with a focus on the biggest. We update the data each year and this is our fourth time doing this.

You can click here to see a full table of the full of the 100 biggest cities in Iowa, along with every other place over 1,000 people big. It is sortable by clicking on the headers.

Read on below to see more on the biggest cities. Or for more reading on places to live in Iowa, check out:

How We Determined The Largest Cities In Iowa

We've been ranking and dissecting cities in the Hawkeye State for over 4 years now -- making this actually the fourth time we've run the numbers. We always use the best data, the US Census. In this case, that means we are using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.

It what is probably the most simple analysis we run each year, we ranked every place in Iowa from biggest to smallest. The biggest city this year? That would be Des Moines.

The smallest? Lawton, although there are places smaller than 1,000 people not listed here, so keep that in mind as we take a look at the top ten.

Des Moines, IA
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Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population: 215,932
Population 2010: 202,095
Growth: 6.8%
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Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is also the county seat of Polk County. A small part of the city extends into Warren County. It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, which was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857. It is on and named after the Des Moines River, which likely was adapted from the French colonial name, Rivire des Moines, meaning "River of the Monks". The city's population was 203,433 as of the 2010 census. The five-county metropolitan area is ranked 89th in terms of population in the United States with 634,725 residents according to the 2016 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

Cedar Rapids, IA
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Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population: 131,360
Population 2010: 125,450
Growth: 4.7%
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Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. The city lies on both banks of the Cedar River, 20 miles north of Iowa City and 100 miles northeast of Des Moines, the state's capital and largest city. It is a part of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor of Linn, Benton, Cedar, Jones, Johnson, and Washington counties. Until massive flooding in 2008, the city's government was headquartered in the Veterans Memorial Building, near the Linn County Courthouse and jail on Mays Island in the Cedar River; Cedar Rapids was one of a few cities in the world, along with Paris, France, with governmental offices on a municipal island.

Davenport, IA
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Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population: 102,318
Population 2010: 98,325
Growth: 4.1%
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Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is located along the Mississippi River on the eastern border of the state. It is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226; it is the 90th largest CSA in the nation. Davenport was founded on May 14, 1836 by Antoine Le Claire and was named for his friend, George Davenport, a colonel who was stationed at nearby Fort Armstrong during the Black Hawk War. According to the 2010 census, the city had a population of 99,685. The city appealed this figure, arguing that the Census Bureau missed a section of residents, and that its total population was more than 100,000. The Census Bureau estimated Davenport's 2011 population to be 100,802.

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Sioux City, IA
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Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population: 82,486
Population 2010: 82,106
Growth: 0.5%
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Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 82,684 in the 2010 census, which makes it the fourth largest city in Iowa. The bulk of the city is in Woodbury County, of which it is the county seat, though a small portion is in Plymouth County. Sioux City is located at the navigational head of the Missouri River. Often the city and surrounding area is referred to as Siouxland, especially by the local media and residents. The city is home to several cultural points of interest including the Sioux City Public Museum, Sioux City Art Center and Sergeant Floyd Monument, which is a National Historical Landmark. The city is also home to Chris Larsen Park, commonly referred to as -the Riverfront,- includes the Anderson Dance Pavilion, Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Sioux City is the primary city of the five-county Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a population of 168,825 in 2010 and a slight increase to an estimated 168,921 in 2012. The Sioux City-Vermillion, IA-NE-SD Combined Statistical Area had a population of 182,675 as of 2010 and has grown to an estimated population of 183,052 as of 2012.

Iowa City, IA
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8
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Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population: 74,566
Population 2010: 66,758
Growth: 11.7%
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Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It is the home of the University of Iowa and county seat of Johnson County, at the center of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 74,398 in 2016, making it the state's fifth-largest city. Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County. The metropolitan area, which encompasses Johnson and Washington counties, has a population of over 164,000.

Waterloo, IA
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Overall SnackAbility
5
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Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population: 68,134
Population 2010: 67,893
Growth: 0.4%
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Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census the population decreased by 0.5% to 68,406; the 2014 Census estimates the population at 68,364, making it the sixth-largest city in the state. The city is part of the Waterloo - Cedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the more populous of the two cities.

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Ames, IA
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Overall SnackAbility
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Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population: 65,937
Population 2010: 57,343
Growth: 15.0%
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Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles north of Des Moines, and had a 2010 population of 58,965. The U.S. Census Bureau designates the Ames metropolitan statistical area as encompassing all of Story County; combined with the Boone, Iowa micropolitan statistical area, the pair make up the larger Ames-Boone combined statistical area. While Ames is the largest city in Story County, the county seat is in the nearby city of Nevada 8 miles east of Ames.

West Des Moines, IA
Overall SnackAbility
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Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population: 64,400
Population 2010: 54,731
Growth: 17.7%
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West Des Moines is a city in Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties in the US state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 56,609. West Des Moines is the second-largest city in the Des Moines metropolitan area and the tenth-largest city in Iowa. It ranked 94th in Money magazine's list of the "100 Best Places to Live and Launch" in 2008, 77th and 57th on the 100 Best Places to Live in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and 18th on the Hipster Cities of 2015.

Council Bluffs, IA
Overall SnackAbility
7
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Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population: 62,478
Population 2010: 61,340
Growth: 1.9%
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Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. The city is the most populous Omaha suburb and a principal city in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. It is located on the east bank of the Missouri River, across from Omaha, Nebraska. Council Bluffs was known, until at least 1853, as Kanesville. It was the historic starting point of the Mormon Trail. Kanesville is also the northernmost anchor town of the other emigrant trails, since there was a steam powered boat to ferry their wagons, and cattle, across the Missouri River.

Ankeny, IA
Overall SnackAbility
9
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Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Population: 59,152
Population 2010: 42,211
Growth: 40.1%
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Ankeny is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States and home to Des Moines Area Community College. The population was 45,562 in the 2010 census, an increase of 68% from the 27,117 population in the 2000 census. It is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is one of the most affluent cities in all of Iowa.

Now on to numbers 11-100 Biggest in Iowa

We hope that you find the big city, or really any city, that's right for you. Below is a list of the rest of the biggest cities along with every other place in Iowa.

Have fun snacking around in the Hawkeye State!

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Detailed List Of The Biggest Cities In Iowa

Rank City Current Population 2010 Growth
1 Des Moines 215,932 202,095 6.8%
2 Cedar Rapids 131,360 125,450 4.7%
3 Davenport 102,318 98,325 4.1%
4 Sioux City 82,486 82,106 0.5%
5 Iowa City 74,566 66,758 11.7%
6 Waterloo 68,134 67,893 0.4%
7 Ames 65,937 57,343 15.0%
8 West Des Moines 64,400 54,731 17.7%
9 Council Bluffs 62,478 61,340 1.9%
10 Ankeny 59,152 42,211 40.1%
11 Dubuque 58,340 57,504 1.5%
12 Urbandale 42,881 37,503 14.3%
13 Cedar Falls 41,202 38,178 7.9%
14 Marion 38,699 33,293 16.2%
15 Bettendorf 35,793 32,490 10.2%
16 Mason City 27,309 28,125 -2.9%
17 Marshalltown 27,275 27,096 0.7%
18 Clinton 25,637 27,016 -5.1%
19 Burlington 25,127 25,604 -1.9%
20 Ottumwa 24,676 24,889 -0.9%
21 Fort Dodge 24,417 25,323 -3.6%
22 Muscatine 23,864 22,819 4.6%
23 Johnston 20,767 15,723 32.1%
24 Coralville 20,645 18,186 13.5%
25 Waukee 19,344 12,305 57.2%
26 North Liberty 18,357 11,889 54.4%
27 Altoona 17,936 13,757 30.4%
28 Clive 17,195 14,950 15.0%
29 Indianola 15,653 14,546 7.6%
30 Newton 15,167 15,371 -1.3%
31 Boone 12,529 12,764 -1.8%
32 Grimes 11,930 7,653 55.9%
33 Oskaloosa 11,505 11,393 1.0%
34 Spencer 11,092 11,193 -0.9%
35 Storm Lake 10,672 10,357 3.0%
36 Fort Madison 10,614 11,096 -4.3%
37 Norwalk 10,568 8,622 22.6%
38 Keokuk 10,412 10,802 -3.6%
39 Pella 10,273 10,359 -0.8%
40 Fairfield 10,216 9,451 8.1%
41 Waverly 10,075 9,754 3.3%
42 Carroll 9,899 10,047 -1.5%
43 Le Mars 9,894 9,719 1.8%
44 Pleasant Hill 9,736 8,100 20.2%
45 Grinnell 9,223 9,265 -0.5%
46 Mount Pleasant 8,528 8,743 -2.5%
47 Denison 8,358 8,077 3.5%
48 Creston 7,832 7,738 1.2%
49 Webster City 7,779 8,125 -4.3%
50 Decorah 7,765 8,115 -4.3%
51 Perry 7,667 7,706 -0.5%
52 Clear Lake 7,644 7,799 -2.0%
53 Sioux Center 7,499 6,916 8.4%
54 Charles City 7,413 7,667 -3.3%
55 Washington 7,345 7,261 1.2%
56 Hiawatha 7,281 6,932 5.0%
57 Knoxville 7,200 7,459 -3.5%
58 Nevada 6,798 6,753 0.7%
59 Atlantic 6,709 7,078 -5.2%
60 Eldridge 6,399 5,319 20.3%
61 Orange City 6,115 5,967 2.5%
62 Oelwein 6,050 6,433 -6.0%
63 Independence 6,027 5,987 0.7%
64 Maquoketa 6,026 6,135 -1.8%
65 Estherville 5,859 6,388 -8.3%
66 Bondurant 5,826 3,486 67.1%
67 Centerville 5,487 5,593 -1.9%
68 Asbury 5,469 3,852 42.0%
69 Anamosa 5,461 5,634 -3.1%
70 Algona 5,455 5,569 -2.0%
71 Red Oak 5,434 5,814 -6.5%
72 Clarinda 5,398 5,566 -3.0%
73 Glenwood 5,276 5,354 -1.5%
74 Winterset 5,203 5,138 1.3%
75 Sheldon 5,132 5,046 1.7%
76 Vinton 5,124 5,262 -2.6%
77 Iowa Falls 5,124 5,195 -1.4%
78 Manchester 5,037 5,187 -2.9%
79 Spirit Lake 5,021 4,749 5.7%
80 Osceola 5,021 4,878 2.9%
81 Windsor Heights 4,990 4,835 3.2%
82 Cherokee 4,966 5,205 -4.6%
83 Shenandoah 4,945 5,222 -5.3%
84 Harlan 4,883 5,140 -5.0%
85 Evansdale 4,786 4,666 2.6%
86 Sergeant Bluff 4,669 4,031 15.8%
87 Humboldt 4,583 4,648 -1.4%
88 Polk City 4,481 3,231 38.7%
89 Mount Vernon 4,454 4,375 1.8%
90 Camanche 4,342 4,403 -1.4%
91 Adel 4,316 3,640 18.6%
92 Hampton 4,280 4,420 -3.2%
93 Jefferson 4,160 4,360 -4.6%
94 Chariton 4,151 4,429 -6.3%
95 Carlisle 4,134 3,775 9.5%
96 Dyersville 4,110 4,070 1.0%
97 Forest City 4,089 4,160 -1.7%
98 Le Claire 3,949 3,561 10.9%
99 Monticello 3,835 3,785 1.3%
100 Carter Lake 3,792 3,676 3.2%
101 Cresco 3,780 3,867 -2.2%
102 Emmetsburg 3,771 3,898 -3.3%
103 Albia 3,761 3,746 0.4%
104 West Liberty 3,749 3,659 2.5%
105 Waukon 3,716 3,931 -5.5%
106 Rock Valley 3,712 3,274 13.4%
107 Huxley 3,672 3,132 17.2%
108 Osage 3,574 3,597 -0.6%
109 Saylorville 3,492 3,105 12.5%
110 New Hampton 3,445 3,585 -3.9%
111 Eagle Grove 3,437 3,601 -4.6%
112 Robins 3,414 2,906 17.5%
113 Story City 3,395 3,393 0.1%
114 Tipton 3,196 3,209 -0.4%
115 Williamsburg 3,150 3,015 4.5%
116 Garner 3,059 3,102 -1.4%
117 Tiffin 3,008 1,986 51.5%
118 Milford 2,989 2,844 5.1%
119 West Burlington 2,929 2,977 -1.6%
120 Jesup 2,894 2,592 11.7%
121 Wilton 2,833 2,801 1.1%
122 Onawa 2,830 3,005 -5.8%
123 Tama 2,793 2,870 -2.7%
124 Clarion 2,772 2,861 -3.1%
125 Park View 2,755 2,428 13.5%
126 Hawarden 2,706 2,536 6.7%
127 Grundy Center 2,700 2,673 1.0%
128 Eldora 2,664 2,774 -4.0%
129 Bloomfield 2,658 2,630 1.1%
130 Missouri Valley 2,646 2,886 -8.3%
131 Sibley 2,639 2,804 -5.9%
132 Marengo 2,620 2,546 2.9%
133 La Porte City 2,598 2,637 -1.5%
134 Fairfax 2,596 1,641 58.2%
135 Madrid 2,584 2,505 3.2%
136 Solon 2,581 1,924 34.1%
137 Belmond 2,574 2,287 12.5%
138 West Union 2,561 2,614 -2.0%
139 Rock Rapids 2,556 2,537 0.7%
140 Center Point 2,534 2,428 4.4%
141 Postville 2,530 1,996 26.8%
142 Kalona 2,516 2,449 2.7%
143 Lamoni 2,498 2,501 -0.1%
144 Hudson 2,470 2,334 5.8%
145 Belle Plaine 2,427 2,607 -6.9%
146 Columbus Junction 2,311 2,024 14.2%
147 Mitchellville 2,304 2,529 -8.9%
148 Toledo 2,296 2,595 -11.5%
149 Lisbon 2,281 1,885 21.0%
150 Bellevue 2,267 2,289 -1.0%
151 Northwood 2,205 1,962 12.4%
152 Prairie City 2,204 1,311 68.1%
153 Rockwell City 2,165 2,357 -8.1%
154 Alta 2,152 1,917 12.3%
155 Ida Grove 2,137 2,158 -1.0%
156 Sac City 2,137 2,294 -6.8%
157 Sumner 2,124 2,031 4.6%
158 Lake Mills 2,082 2,162 -3.7%
159 Cascade 2,078 2,272 -8.5%
160 Ely 2,078 1,624 28.0%
161 Mount Ayr 2,066 1,659 24.5%
162 West Branch 2,061 2,468 -16.5%
163 Wapello 2,055 2,343 -12.3%
164 Hull 2,044 1,955 4.6%
165 Leon 2,037 2,105 -3.2%
166 Ogden 1,997 2,410 -17.1%
167 Audubon 1,989 2,177 -8.6%
168 New London 1,941 1,760 10.3%
169 Epworth 1,939 1,809 7.2%
170 Sigourney 1,922 2,101 -8.5%
171 Colfax 1,915 2,743 -30.2%
172 Britt 1,915 2,110 -9.2%
173 Parkersburg 1,913 1,947 -1.7%
174 Atkins 1,861 1,719 8.3%
175 Guttenberg 1,852 1,784 3.8%
176 Manson 1,838 1,648 11.5%
177 Lake City 1,825 1,682 8.5%
178 Granger 1,819 1,035 75.7%
179 Ackley 1,785 1,550 15.2%
180 Remsen 1,748 2,018 -13.4%
181 Peosta 1,746 1,511 15.6%
182 Monroe 1,743 1,868 -6.7%
183 Farley 1,742 1,508 15.5%
184 Dallas Center 1,733 2,085 -16.9%
185 Durant 1,717 1,907 -10.0%
186 Pleasantville 1,715 1,605 6.9%
187 Mediapolis 1,713 1,812 -5.5%
188 Greenfield 1,713 1,973 -13.2%
189 Pocahontas 1,712 1,698 0.8%
190 Hartley 1,698 1,796 -5.5%
191 Corydon 1,682 1,410 19.3%
192 Denver 1,676 1,827 -8.3%
193 Moville 1,669 1,743 -4.2%
194 Traer 1,603 1,681 -4.6%
195 State Center 1,595 1,436 11.1%
196 Logan 1,592 1,571 1.3%
197 Woodbine 1,585 1,603 -1.1%
198 Kingsley 1,581 1,317 20.0%
199 Monona 1,581 1,844 -14.3%
200 Guthrie Center 1,570 1,562 0.5%
201 Bedford 1,566 1,651 -5.1%
202 Corning 1,566 1,674 -6.5%
203 Lenox 1,557 1,315 18.4%
204 Slater 1,556 1,583 -1.7%
205 Brooklyn 1,549 1,322 17.2%
206 Woodward 1,543 1,165 32.4%
207 Akron 1,542 1,512 2.0%
208 Manning 1,542 1,713 -10.0%
209 Walcott 1,539 1,570 -2.0%
210 Oakland 1,533 1,626 -5.7%
211 Nora Springs 1,523 1,557 -2.2%
212 Nashua 1,515 1,646 -8.0%
213 Stuart 1,501 1,649 -9.0%
214 Reinbeck 1,492 1,963 -24.0%
215 Earlham 1,489 1,845 -19.3%
216 Urbana 1,477 1,409 4.8%
217 Blue Grass 1,473 1,382 6.6%
218 Manly 1,471 1,181 24.6%
219 Walford 1,471 1,519 -3.2%
220 Sanborn 1,452 1,302 11.5%
221 Clarksville 1,448 1,558 -7.1%
222 Dysart 1,437 1,520 -5.5%
223 Avoca 1,427 1,555 -8.2%
224 Shell Rock 1,396 1,335 4.6%
225 Montezuma 1,388 1,617 -14.2%
226 Elkader 1,381 1,281 7.8%
227 Strawberry Point 1,376 1,246 10.4%
228 Holstein 1,354 1,474 -8.1%
229 Villisca 1,340 1,354 -1.0%
230 Central City 1,334 1,250 6.7%
231 Wellman 1,333 1,484 -10.2%
232 Alton 1,299 1,077 20.6%
233 Coon Rapids 1,283 1,181 8.6%
234 Jewell Junction 1,265 1,006 25.7%
235 Melcher-Dallas 1,255 1,276 -1.6%
236 Tabor 1,254 1,303 -3.8%
237 St. Ansgar 1,237 1,205 2.7%
238 Lone Tree 1,236 1,333 -7.3%
239 Dike 1,235 1,095 12.8%
240 Marcus 1,234 979 26.0%
241 Roland 1,233 1,349 -8.6%
242 Laurens 1,224 1,402 -12.7%
243 Eddyville 1,219 898 35.7%
244 Tripoli 1,210 1,301 -7.0%
245 University Heights 1,206 1,111 8.6%
246 Lake Park 1,201 1,115 7.7%
247 Mapleton 1,196 1,314 -9.0%
248 Van Meter 1,192 1,199 -0.6%
249 Griswold 1,189 975 21.9%
250 Sloan 1,186 1,046 13.4%
251 Buffalo 1,184 1,244 -4.8%
252 Palo 1,182 912 29.6%
253 Glidden 1,177 1,132 4.0%
254 Arnolds Park 1,173 933 25.7%
255 Panora 1,162 1,228 -5.4%
256 Fairbank 1,154 1,236 -6.6%
257 George 1,150 1,293 -11.1%
258 Fayette 1,146 1,481 -22.6%
259 New Sharon 1,146 1,262 -9.2%
260 Fredericksburg 1,136 870 30.6%
261 Anita 1,127 1,049 7.4%
262 Hamburg 1,119 1,156 -3.2%
263 Princeton 1,114 966 15.3%
264 Allison 1,106 1,009 9.6%
265 North English 1,106 978 13.1%
266 Sheffield 1,101 1,277 -13.8%
267 Springville 1,093 1,042 4.9%
268 Sidney 1,081 1,008 7.2%
269 Eldon 1,071 948 13.0%
270 Paullina 1,067 1,081 -1.3%
271 Lake View 1,062 1,301 -18.4%
272 Wayland 1,061 903 17.5%
273 Conrad 1,053 932 13.0%
274 Fruitland 1,050 1,349 -22.2%
275 Winfield 1,042 1,433 -27.3%
276 Danville 1,042 949 9.8%
277 Beaverdale 1,032 982 5.1%
278 Baxter 1,029 1,153 -10.8%
279 Keota 1,027 1,097 -6.4%
280 Calmar 1,017 996 2.1%
281 Odebolt 1,011 1,291 -21.7%
282 Long Grove 1,007 948 6.2%
283 Greene 1,006 1,177 -14.5%
284 Malvern 1,005 1,158 -13.2%
285 Lawton 1,001 937 6.8%

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