Fastest Growing Cities In Iowa For 2020


We used data and science to determine the places in Iowa everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Iowa.

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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 Spirit Lake and Osceola, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Iowa for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Bondurant ranks as the fastest growing city in Iowa. 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.

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.

For more Iowa state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Iowa For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,826
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,486
Percent Growth 67.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,340
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.

Waukee, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,344
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 12,305
Percent Growth 57.2%
Absolute Growth: 7,039
More on Waukee: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Grimes, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,930
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 7,653
Percent Growth 55.9%
Absolute Growth: 4,277
More on Grimes: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

North Liberty, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,357
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 11,889
Percent Growth 54.4%
Absolute Growth: 6,468
More on North Liberty: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Asbury, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,469
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,852
Percent Growth 42.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,617
More on Asbury: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Ankeny, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 59,152
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 42,211
Percent Growth 40.1%
Absolute Growth: 16,941
More on Ankeny: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Johnston, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 20,767
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 15,723
Percent Growth 32.1%
Absolute Growth: 5,044
More on Johnston: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Altoona, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,936
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,757
Percent Growth 30.4%
Absolute Growth: 4,179
More on Altoona: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Norwalk, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,568
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 8,622
Percent Growth 22.6%
Absolute Growth: 1,946
More on Norwalk: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Eldridge, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,399
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 5,319
Percent Growth 20.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,080
More on Eldridge: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Eldridge is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,162 in a 2014 census estimate; Eldridge is a suburb and also part of the Quad Cities metropolitan area.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Hawkeye State for 2020

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

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 80 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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

Click to enlarge

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Iowa, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Estherville
  2. Red Oak
  3. Oelwein

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Iowa For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Bondurant 67.1% 5,826 3,486
2 Waukee 57.2% 19,344 12,305
3 Grimes 55.9% 11,930 7,653
4 North Liberty 54.4% 18,357 11,889
5 Asbury 42.0% 5,469 3,852
6 Ankeny 40.1% 59,152 42,211
7 Johnston 32.1% 20,767 15,723
8 Altoona 30.4% 17,936 13,757
9 Norwalk 22.6% 10,568 8,622
10 Eldridge 20.3% 6,399 5,319

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