These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Iowa For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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 Cherokee and Manchester, 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 2019 according to the most recent census data:

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.

For more Iowa state reading:

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Hawkeye State for 2019

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 79 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 2019

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,457
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,486
Percent Growth 56.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,971
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.

North Liberty, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,721
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 11,889
Percent Growth 49.1%
Absolute Growth: 5,832
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.

Waukee, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 17,980
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 12,305
Percent Growth 46.1%
Absolute Growth: 5,675
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: 11,139
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,653
Percent Growth 45.6%
Absolute Growth: 3,486
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.

Asbury, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,338
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,852
Percent Growth 38.6%
Absolute Growth: 1,486
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: 56,237
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 42,211
Percent Growth 33.2%
Absolute Growth: 14,026
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: 20,172
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 15,723
Percent Growth 28.3%
Absolute Growth: 4,449
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: 17,354
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,757
Percent Growth 26.1%
Absolute Growth: 3,597
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.

Pleasant Hill, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,608
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,100
Percent Growth 18.6%
Absolute Growth: 1,508
More on Pleasant Hill: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Norwalk, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,179
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,622
Percent Growth 18.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,557
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.

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 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Bondurant 56.5% 5,457 3,486
2 North Liberty 49.1% 17,721 11,889
3 Waukee 46.1% 17,980 12,305
4 Grimes 45.6% 11,139 7,653
5 Asbury 38.6% 5,338 3,852
6 Ankeny 33.2% 56,237 42,211
7 Johnston 28.3% 20,172 15,723
8 Altoona 26.1% 17,354 13,757
9 Pleasant Hill 18.6% 9,608 8,100
10 Norwalk 18.1% 10,179 8,622

About Chris Kolmar

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