These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Iowa For 2018


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, while others want peace and quiet like in Harlan and Sheldon, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Iowa have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Hawkeye State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Iowa for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Bondurant (Homes For Sale)
  2. North Liberty (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Waukee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Grimes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Asbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Ankeny (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Johnston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Altoona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Pleasant Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Norwalk (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Bondurant, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Iowa are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Iowa or the Fastest Growing States In America.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Hawkeye State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 82 Iowa cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Hawkeye State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Iowa with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in iowa

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1. Bondurant


Population: 5,079
Population 2010: 3,486
Growth Rate: 45.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,593
More on Bondurant: Homes For Sale | Data
Bondurant is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,860 in the 2010 census, an increase of 109% from the 1,846 population in the 2000 census. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2. North Liberty

North Liberty, Iowa

Population: 16,984
Population 2010: 11,889
Growth Rate: 42.85%
Absolute Growth: 5,095
More on North Liberty: Homes For Sale | Data
North Liberty is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It is a suburb of Iowa City and part of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

3. Waukee

Waukee, Iowa

Population: 16,955
Population 2010: 12,305
Growth Rate: 37.79%
Absolute Growth: 4,650
More on Waukee: Homes For Sale | Data
Waukee is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 13,790 at the 2010 Census; a fast growth has been measured since as it is estimated there were 19,284 people living in Waukee in 2016. It is part of the Des Moines – West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

4. Grimes

Grimes, Iowa

Population: 10,422
Population 2010: 7,653
Growth Rate: 36.18%
Absolute Growth: 2,769
More on Grimes: Homes For Sale | Data
Grimes is a city in Dallas and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 8,246 at the 2010 census. Grimes is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

5. Asbury

Asbury, Iowa

Population: 5,201
Population 2010: 3,852
Growth Rate: 35.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,349
More on Asbury: Homes For Sale | Data
Asbury is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, and a suburb of the city of Dubuque. It is part of the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,357 at the 2010 census. Asbury is the second-largest city in Dubuque County, surpassing Dyersville, Iowa to become the second-largest in the 2010 U.S. Census count. The city is largely a bedroom community, made up of spacious, new subdivisions whose residents work in Dubuque or Peosta, Iowa.

6. Ankeny

Ankeny, Iowa

Population: 53,413
Population 2010: 42,211
Growth Rate: 26.54%
Absolute Growth: 11,202
More on Ankeny: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Johnston

Johnston, Iowa

Population: 19,491
Population 2010: 15,723
Growth Rate: 23.96%
Absolute Growth: 3,768
More on Johnston: Homes For Sale | Data
Johnston is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 17,278 in the 2010 census, an increase of almost 100% from the 8,649 population in the 2000 census. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

8. Altoona

Altoona, Iowa

Population: 16,692
Population 2010: 13,757
Growth Rate: 21.33%
Absolute Growth: 2,935
More on Altoona: Homes For Sale | Data
Altoona is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States and is a part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,541 at the 2010 census.

9. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Population: 9,406
Population 2010: 8,100
Growth Rate: 16.12%
Absolute Growth: 1,306
More on Pleasant Hill: Homes For Sale | Data
Pleasant Hill is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 8,785 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of July, 2005, Pleasant Hill has been given a US Postal code, 50327.

10. Norwalk

Norwalk, Iowa

Population: 9,944
Population 2010: 8,622
Growth Rate: 15.33%
Absolute Growth: 1,322
More on Norwalk: Homes For Sale | Data
Norwalk is a city in Warren County, with some small portions extending into Polk County, in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 8,945 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located just south of the Des Moines International Airport.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Iowa are led by Bondurant which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Iowa

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Bondurant 5,079 3,486 1,593 45.7%
2 North Liberty 16,984 11,889 5,095 42.9%
3 Waukee 16,955 12,305 4,650 37.8%
4 Grimes 10,422 7,653 2,769 36.2%
5 Asbury 5,201 3,852 1,349 35.0%
6 Ankeny 53,413 42,211 11,202 26.5%
7 Johnston 19,491 15,723 3,768 24.0%
8 Altoona 16,692 13,757 2,935 21.3%
9 Pleasant Hill 9,406 8,100 1,306 16.1%
10 Norwalk 9,944 8,622 1,322 15.3%
11 Eldridge 6,122 5,319 803 15.1%
12 Clive 17,022 14,950 2,072 13.9%
13 West Des Moines 61,624 54,731 6,893 12.6%
14 Ames 64,073 57,343 6,730 11.7%
15 Marion 37,198 33,293 3,905 11.7%
16 Urbandale 41,578 37,503 4,075 10.9%
17 Coralville 20,078 18,186 1,892 10.4%
18 Iowa City 72,385 66,758 5,627 8.4%
19 Bettendorf 35,048 32,490 2,558 7.9%
20 Cedar Falls 40,828 38,178 2,650 6.9%
21 Sioux Center 7,370 6,916 454 6.6%
22 Indianola 15,343 14,546 797 5.5%
23 Des Moines 212,859 202,095 10,764 5.3%
24 Fairfield 9,942 9,451 491 5.2%
25 Muscatine 23,909 22,819 1,090 4.8%
26 Davenport 102,305 98,325 3,980 4.0%
27 Storm Lake 10,768 10,357 411 4.0%
28 Hiawatha 7,160 6,932 228 3.3%
29 Cedar Rapids 129,537 125,450 4,087 3.3%
30 Orange City 6,153 5,967 186 3.1%
31 Denison 8,326 8,077 249 3.1%
32 Waverly 10,049 9,754 295 3.0%
33 Perry 7,876 7,706 170 2.2%
34 Marshalltown 27,637 27,096 541 2.0%
35 Creston 7,877 7,738 139 1.8%
36 Dubuque 58,535 57,504 1,031 1.8%
37 Council Bluffs 62,326 61,340 986 1.6%
38 Washington 7,368 7,261 107 1.5%
39 Oskaloosa 11,538 11,393 145 1.3%
40 Le Mars 9,826 9,719 107 1.1%
41 Waterloo 68,357 67,893 464 0.7%
42 Sioux City 82,666 82,106 560 0.7%
43 Nevada 6,796 6,753 43 0.6%
44 Winterset 5,158 5,138 20 0.4%
45 Independence 6,005 5,987 18 0.3%
46 Spencer 11,172 11,193 -21 -0.2%
47 Iowa Falls 5,176 5,195 -19 -0.4%
48 De Witt 5,264 5,286 -22 -0.4%
49 Burlington 25,492 25,604 -112 -0.4%
50 Carroll 9,990 10,047 -57 -0.6%
51 Sheldon 5,015 5,046 -31 -0.6%
52 Ottumwa 24,709 24,889 -180 -0.7%
53 Pella 10,280 10,359 -79 -0.8%
54 Boone 12,609 12,764 -155 -1.2%
55 Algona 5,496 5,569 -73 -1.3%
56 Decorah 7,985 8,115 -130 -1.6%
57 Keokuk 10,628 10,802 -174 -1.6%
58 Grinnell 9,112 9,265 -153 -1.7%
59 Cherokee 5,113 5,205 -92 -1.8%
60 Maquoketa 6,025 6,135 -110 -1.8%
61 Vinton 5,166 5,262 -96 -1.8%
62 Newton 15,090 15,371 -281 -1.8%
63 Clear Lake 7,644 7,799 -155 -2.0%
64 Manchester 5,083 5,187 -104 -2.0%
65 Mason City 27,546 28,125 -579 -2.1%
66 Charles City 7,496 7,667 -171 -2.2%
67 Glenwood 5,233 5,354 -121 -2.3%
68 Clarinda 5,431 5,566 -135 -2.4%
69 Harlan 5,008 5,140 -132 -2.6%
70 Fort Dodge 24,626 25,323 -697 -2.8%
71 Mount Pleasant 8,491 8,743 -252 -2.9%
72 Fort Madison 10,769 11,096 -327 -2.9%
73 Knoxville 7,236 7,459 -223 -3.0%
74 Anamosa 5,459 5,634 -175 -3.1%
75 Clinton 26,148 27,016 -868 -3.2%
76 Centerville 5,404 5,593 -189 -3.4%
77 Shenandoah 5,030 5,222 -192 -3.7%
78 Atlantic 6,817 7,078 -261 -3.7%
79 Webster City 7,825 8,125 -300 -3.7%
80 Oelwein 6,195 6,433 -238 -3.7%
81 Red Oak 5,547 5,814 -267 -4.6%
82 Estherville 6,027 6,388 -361 -5.7%

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