Iowa Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 74,640 - at 2.4% 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?

Here are the cities in iowa with the largest Asian population in 2020:

  1. Storm Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Coralville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Ames (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Fairfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Iowa City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. West Des Moines (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Des Moines (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Webster City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Clive (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 2020. 19.34% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Iowa For 2020

Storm Lake, IA

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Population: 10,672
% Asian: 19.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,064
Percent Change Since 2010: 195.28%
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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.

Coralville, IA

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Population: 20,645
% Asian: 10.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,246
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.54%
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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.

Ames, IA

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Population: 65,937
% Asian: 10.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,057
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.66%
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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.

Fairfield, IA

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Population: 10,216
% Asian: 8.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 916
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.13%
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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.

Iowa City, IA

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Population: 74,566
% Asian: 7.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,627
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.99%
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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.

West Des Moines, IA

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Population: 64,400
% Asian: 6.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,461
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.73%
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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.

Des Moines, IA

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Population: 215,932
% Asian: 6.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,034
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.42%
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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

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Population: 7,779
% Asian: 5.67%
# Of Asian Residents: 441
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.71%
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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.

Clive, IA

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Population: 17,195
% Asian: 5.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 960
Percent Change Since 2010: 156.68%
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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.

Mount Pleasant, IA

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Population: 8,528
% Asian: 5.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 470
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.55%
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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.

How We Determined The Cities In iowa With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 76 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 19.3% 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 Iowa Falls was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Iowa Falls
  2. Carroll
  3. Hiawatha

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Iowa

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Storm Lake 19.34% 10,672
2 Coralville 10.88% 20,645
3 Ames 10.7% 65,937
4 Fairfield 8.97% 10,216
5 Iowa City 7.55% 74,566
6 West Des Moines 6.93% 64,400
7 Des Moines 6.5% 215,932
8 Webster City 5.67% 7,779
9 Clive 5.58% 17,195
10 Mount Pleasant 5.51% 8,528
11 Bettendorf 5.33% 35,793
12 Marshalltown 5.07% 27,275
13 Johnston 4.55% 20,767
14 Grinnell 4.11% 9,223
15 Anamosa 3.94% 5,461
16 Denison 3.77% 8,358
17 Sioux City 3.49% 82,486
18 Cedar Falls 3.46% 41,202
19 North Liberty 3.45% 18,357
20 Urbandale 3.37% 42,881
21 Cedar Rapids 3.36% 131,360
22 Winterset 3.04% 5,203
23 Charles City 2.71% 7,413
24 Waukee 2.69% 19,344
25 Davenport 2.61% 102,318
26 Clear Lake 2.59% 7,644
27 Oskaloosa 2.55% 11,505
28 Pella 2.51% 10,273
29 Waterloo 2.34% 68,134
30 Clarinda 2.24% 5,398
31 Ankeny 2.22% 59,152
32 Pleasant Hill 2.22% 9,736
33 Grimes 2.07% 11,930
34 Waverly 1.96% 10,075
35 Creston 1.92% 7,832
36 Fort Dodge 1.82% 24,417
37 Sheldon 1.7% 5,132
38 Keokuk 1.64% 10,412
39 Independence 1.59% 6,027
40 Sioux Center 1.48% 7,499
41 Orange City 1.47% 6,115
42 Dubuque 1.36% 58,340
43 Ottumwa 1.3% 24,676
44 Decorah 1.2% 7,765
45 Centerville 1.13% 5,487
46 Perry 1.06% 7,667
47 Mason City 0.88% 27,309
48 Council Bluffs 0.87% 62,478
49 Clinton 0.83% 25,637
50 Maquoketa 0.81% 6,026
51 Vinton 0.78% 5,124
52 Muscatine 0.74% 23,864
53 Spencer 0.74% 11,092
54 Burlington 0.64% 25,127
55 Nevada 0.63% 6,798
56 Altoona 0.63% 17,936
57 Le Mars 0.6% 9,894
58 Marion 0.57% 38,699
59 Estherville 0.53% 5,859
60 Newton 0.53% 15,167
61 Atlantic 0.49% 6,709
62 Norwalk 0.48% 10,568
63 Algona 0.48% 5,455
64 Indianola 0.47% 15,653
65 Washington 0.44% 7,345
66 Knoxville 0.43% 7,200
67 Oelwein 0.21% 6,050
68 Eldridge 0.16% 6,399
69 Glenwood 0.13% 5,276
70 Boone 0.12% 12,529
71 Fort Madison 0.07% 10,614
72 Red Oak 0.0% 5,434
73 Manchester 0.0% 5,037
74 Hiawatha 0.0% 7,281
75 Carroll 0.0% 9,899
76 Iowa Falls 0.0% 5,124

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