These Are The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in Iowa with the largest Asian population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Iowa with the largest Asian population.

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Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise “most of the minority”. We’re not totally sure that’s a term, but it’s an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a “minority of the minority”, generally.

But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in Iowa is 70,748 – at 2.3% of the total population of Iowa.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups — Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across Iowa? Which cities and towns in Iowa have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Iowa with the largest Asian population in 2019:

  1. Storm Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Ames (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Coralville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Iowa City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Fairfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. West Des Moines (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Clive (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Des Moines (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Webster City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Mount Pleasant (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Iowa had the largest Asian population?

Storm Lake took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Iowa for 2019. 16.38% of Storm Lake identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Iowa ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in Iowa or the most diverse places in Iowa.

How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Asian Population For 2019

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Iowa.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 77 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 16.4% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Storm Lake took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Carroll was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Iowa ranked by population of Asian residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Storm Lake, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,738
% Asian: 16.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,759
Percent Change Since 2010: 151.65%
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Storm Lake is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 10,600 in the 2010 census, an increase from 10,076 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Buena Vista County. Storm Lake is home to Buena Vista University, originally Buena Vista College. Tyson Foods operates a large hog slaughterhouse, meat packing plant, and turkey processing plant in Storm Lake.

Ames, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 65,005
% Asian: 10.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,649
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.53%
More on Ames: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Coralville, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,250
% Asian: 9.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,906
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.75%
More on Coralville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coralville 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. The population was 18,907 at the 2010 census.

Iowa City, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 73,415
% Asian: 7.87%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,778
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.4%
More on Iowa City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fairfield, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,125
% Asian: 7.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 731
Percent Change Since 2010: -27.48%
More on Fairfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairfield is a city in, and the county seat of, Jefferson County, Iowa, United States. It has a population totaling 9,464 people according to the 2010 census. It is a Midwestern city surrounded by rolling farmlands filled with corn, soybean, cattle, and hogs with a median family income of $46,138. The city became the county seat in 1839 with 110 residents and grew to 650 by 1847. Its library was established in 1853, and it held its first fair in 1854. Early architecture includes work by George Franklin Barber and Barry Byrne, who trained under Frank Lloyd Wright.

West Des Moines, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 62,999
% Asian: 7.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,445
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.14%
More on West Des Moines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Clive, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,134
% Asian: 6.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,052
Percent Change Since 2010: 181.28%
More on Clive: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clive is a city in Dallas and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 Census the population is at 15,447. It is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Clive is known for its Greenbelt Park and trail system running through the entire community. Clive serves as the axis of the western Des Moines suburbs, being located between Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines along the major transportation corridors of I-35, I-80 and I-235. The City of Urbandale is to the north to northwest, the City of West Des Moines is to the southeast to southwest, the City of Waukee in Dallas County is to the west.

Des Moines, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 214,778
% Asian: 5.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,717
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.27%
More on Des Moines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Webster City, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,830
% Asian: 5.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 422
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.12%
More on Webster City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Webster City is a city in Hamilton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 8,070 at the United States 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Hamilton County. Webster City is known as ‘Boone River Country’, as the Boone River meanders along the east side of the city.

Mount Pleasant, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,467
% Asian: 5.35%
# Of Asian Residents: 453
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.62%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Pleasant is a city in and the county seat of Henry County, Iowa, in the United States. The population was 8,668 in the 2010 census, a decline from 8,751 in the 2000 census. It was founded in 1835 by pioneer Presley Saunders.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Iowa

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Iowa according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Iowa:

  1. Carroll
  2. Anamosa
  3. Manchester

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Iowa

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Storm Lake 16.38% 10,738
2 Ames 10.23% 65,005
3 Coralville 9.41% 20,250
4 Iowa City 7.87% 73,415
5 Fairfield 7.22% 10,125
6 West Des Moines 7.06% 62,999
7 Clive 6.14% 17,134
8 Des Moines 5.92% 214,778
9 Webster City 5.39% 7,830
10 Mount Pleasant 5.35% 8,467
11 Bettendorf 4.75% 35,293
12 Marshalltown 4.5% 27,440
13 Johnston 4.45% 20,172
14 Grinnell 3.99% 9,028
15 North Liberty 3.92% 17,721
16 Denison 3.5% 8,361
17 Urbandale 3.5% 42,222
18 Sioux City 3.33% 82,568
19 Cedar Rapids 3.0% 130,330
20 Cedar Falls 2.98% 41,167
21 Pella 2.98% 10,243
22 Charles City 2.95% 7,427
23 Winterset 2.91% 5,157
24 Waukee 2.6% 17,980
25 Davenport 2.53% 102,268
26 Ankeny 2.44% 56,237
27 Oskaloosa 2.39% 11,531
28 Waterloo 2.12% 68,146
29 Orange City 1.98% 6,123
30 Fort Dodge 1.85% 24,566
31 Waverly 1.84% 10,052
32 Clear Lake 1.83% 7,612
33 Sheldon 1.8% 5,060
34 Grimes 1.62% 11,139
35 Independence 1.6% 6,013
36 Keokuk 1.58% 10,484
37 Dubuque 1.48% 58,410
38 Hiawatha 1.45% 7,262
39 Sioux Center 1.21% 7,450
40 Centerville 1.2% 5,503
41 Muscatine 1.16% 23,852
42 Mason City 1.15% 27,453
43 Ottumwa 1.14% 24,705
44 Marion 1.08% 38,014
45 Washington 1.05% 7,358
46 Decorah 0.99% 7,850
47 Altoona 0.99% 17,354
48 Perry 0.93% 7,747
49 Creston 0.9% 7,860
50 Clinton 0.84% 25,892
51 Cherokee 0.8% 5,018
52 Council Bluffs 0.79% 62,317
53 Nevada 0.65% 6,790
54 Spencer 0.61% 11,132
55 Le Mars 0.6% 9,861
56 Oelwein 0.59% 6,093
57 Newton 0.49% 15,085
58 Pleasant Hill 0.48% 9,608
59 Maquoketa 0.47% 5,954
60 Knoxville 0.44% 7,202
61 Vinton 0.41% 5,141
62 Atlantic 0.38% 6,787
63 Estherville 0.37% 5,930
64 Burlington 0.35% 25,330
65 Indianola 0.33% 15,489
66 Fort Madison 0.31% 10,634
67 Algona 0.29% 5,488
68 Norwalk 0.27% 10,179
69 Eldridge 0.22% 6,231
70 Clarinda 0.17% 5,377
71 Boone 0.14% 12,538
72 Glenwood 0.0% 5,271
73 Iowa Falls 0.0% 5,132
74 Red Oak 0.0% 5,475
75 Manchester 0.0% 5,047
76 Anamosa 0.0% 5,420
77 Carroll 0.0% 9,937

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