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

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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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

2. North Liberty

North Liberty, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,984
Population 2010: 11,889
Growth Rate: 42.85%
Absolute Growth: 5,095

3. Waukee

Waukee, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,955
Population 2010: 12,305
Growth Rate: 37.79%
Absolute Growth: 4,650

4. Grimes


Population: 10,422
Population 2010: 7,653
Growth Rate: 36.18%
Absolute Growth: 2,769

5. Asbury

Asbury, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,201
Population 2010: 3,852
Growth Rate: 35.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,349

6. Ankeny

Ankeny, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,413
Population 2010: 42,211
Growth Rate: 26.54%
Absolute Growth: 11,202

7. Johnston

Johnston, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,491
Population 2010: 15,723
Growth Rate: 23.96%
Absolute Growth: 3,768

8. Altoona


Population: 16,692
Population 2010: 13,757
Growth Rate: 21.33%
Absolute Growth: 2,935

9. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,406
Population 2010: 8,100
Growth Rate: 16.12%
Absolute Growth: 1,306

10. Norwalk


Population: 9,944
Population 2010: 8,622
Growth Rate: 15.33%
Absolute Growth: 1,322

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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Iowa

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

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