Iowa Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2020


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in Iowa that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2019

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our third time ranking the cities in Iowa with the largest Hispanic/Latino population.

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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That's the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted iowa? Where cities and towns in iowa have seen the greatest increase in it's Hispanic population?

Turns out there's been a 33.9% increase in the Hispanic population in iowa.

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

  1. Denison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Storm Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Perry (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Marshalltown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Muscatine (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Sioux City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Ottumwa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Estherville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Des Moines (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Sioux Center (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What's the city in iowa with the largest hispanic/latino population? Denison took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in iowa for 2020.

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 Hispanic, check out the best places to live in iowa or the safest places in iowa.

Denison, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,358
% Hispanic/Latino: 47.98%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,010
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.02%
More on Denison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Denison is a city in Crawford County, Iowa, United States, along the Boyer River. The population was 8,298 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Crawford County.

Storm Lake, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,672
% Hispanic/Latino: 37.84%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,038
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.23%
More on Storm Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Perry, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,667
% Hispanic/Latino: 36.31%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,784
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.07%
More on Perry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Perry is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States, along the North Raccoon River. The population was 7,702 at the 2010 Census. It is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Marshalltown, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,275
% Hispanic/Latino: 29.85%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 8,142
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.82%
More on Marshalltown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marshalltown is a city in, and the county seat of, Marshall County, Iowa, United States. The population was 27,552 in the 2010 census, compared to 26,009 in 2000.

Muscatine, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,864
% Hispanic/Latino: 21.06%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 5,026
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.12%
More on Muscatine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Muscatine is a city in Muscatine County, Iowa, United States. The population was estimated at 23,968 in 2015, an increase from 22,697 in the 2000 census. The county seat of Muscatine County, it is located along the Mississippi River. The local business association says that the name Muscatine is not used by any other community.

Sioux City, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 82,486
% Hispanic/Latino: 19.08%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 15,742
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.38%
More on Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sioux City is a city in Woodbury and Plymouth counties in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 82,684 in the 2010 census, which makes it the fourth largest city in Iowa. The bulk of the city is in Woodbury County, of which it is the county seat, though a small portion is in Plymouth County. Sioux City is located at the navigational head of the Missouri River. Often the city and surrounding area is referred to as Siouxland, especially by the local media and residents. The city is home to several cultural points of interest including the Sioux City Public Museum, Sioux City Art Center and Sergeant Floyd Monument, which is a National Historical Landmark. The city is also home to Chris Larsen Park, commonly referred to as -the Riverfront,- includes the Anderson Dance Pavilion, Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Sioux City is the primary city of the five-county Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a population of 168,825 in 2010 and a slight increase to an estimated 168,921 in 2012. The Sioux City-Vermillion, IA-NE-SD Combined Statistical Area had a population of 182,675 as of 2010 and has grown to an estimated population of 183,052 as of 2012.

Ottumwa, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 24,676
% Hispanic/Latino: 14.9%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,676
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.2%
More on Ottumwa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ottumwa is a city in and the county seat of Wapello County, Iowa, United States. The population was 25,023 at the 2010 census. Located in southeastern Iowa, the city is split into northern and southern halves by the Des Moines River.

Estherville, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,859
% Hispanic/Latino: 14.37%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 842
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.72%
More on Estherville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Estherville is a city in Emmet County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,360 in the 2010 census, a decline from 6,656 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Emmet County. Estherville is home to the main campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.

Des Moines, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 215,932
% Hispanic/Latino: 13.3%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 28,719
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.65%
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.

Sioux Center, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,499
% Hispanic/Latino: 10.53%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 790
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.33%
More on Sioux Center: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sioux Center is a city in Sioux County, Iowa, United States with a population of 7,048. Sioux Center is notable for its recent population boom, Dutch heritage, and agribusiness.

How We Determined The Cities In iowa With The Largest Hispanic 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 Hispanic or Latino.

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 Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 48.0% to 0.4%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic or Latino population with a higher score being more Hispanic or Latino than a lower score. Denison took the distinction of being the most Hispanic or Latino, while Carroll was the least Hispanic or Latino city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in iowa ranked by population of Hispanic or Latino 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 - Hispanic or Latino Populations Across Iowa

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Hispanic or Latino places in Iowa:

  1. Carroll
  2. Winterset
  3. Manchester

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Iowa

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Denison 47.98% 8,358
2 Storm Lake 37.84% 10,672
3 Perry 36.31% 7,667
4 Marshalltown 29.85% 27,275
5 Muscatine 21.06% 23,864
6 Sioux City 19.08% 82,486
7 Ottumwa 14.9% 24,676
8 Estherville 14.37% 5,859
9 Des Moines 13.3% 215,932
10 Sioux Center 10.53% 7,499
11 Council Bluffs 10.27% 62,478
12 Orange City 9.52% 6,115
13 Webster City 8.66% 7,779
14 Davenport 8.48% 102,318
15 Eldridge 8.11% 6,399
16 Sheldon 7.81% 5,132
17 Washington 7.69% 7,345
18 Iowa Falls 7.1% 5,124
19 Waterloo 6.81% 68,134
20 Red Oak 6.7% 5,434
21 Mount Pleasant 6.65% 8,528
22 Fort Madison 6.4% 10,614
23 Mason City 6.31% 27,309
24 Le Mars 6.25% 9,894
25 West Des Moines 5.94% 64,400
26 Clive 5.84% 17,195
27 Iowa City 5.79% 74,566
28 Fort Dodge 5.59% 24,417
29 Pleasant Hill 5.58% 9,736
30 Coralville 5.45% 20,645
31 Waukee 4.8% 19,344
32 Charles City 4.61% 7,413
33 North Liberty 4.54% 18,357
34 Bettendorf 4.48% 35,793
35 Creston 4.25% 7,832
36 Atlantic 4.08% 6,709
37 Urbandale 4.07% 42,881
38 Boone 4.05% 12,529
39 Burlington 3.88% 25,127
40 Ames 3.85% 65,937
41 Anamosa 3.85% 5,461
42 Hiawatha 3.74% 7,281
43 Cedar Rapids 3.65% 131,360
44 Nevada 3.63% 6,798
45 Fairfield 3.55% 10,216
46 Independence 3.42% 6,027
47 Clarinda 3.26% 5,398
48 Knoxville 3.21% 7,200
49 Altoona 3.16% 17,936
50 Keokuk 3.13% 10,412
51 Pella 2.97% 10,273
52 Grimes 2.92% 11,930
53 Spencer 2.91% 11,092
54 Oelwein 2.84% 6,050
55 Clinton 2.84% 25,637
56 Ankeny 2.82% 59,152
57 Glenwood 2.81% 5,276
58 Decorah 2.78% 7,765
59 Oskaloosa 2.76% 11,505
60 Grinnell 2.72% 9,223
61 Marion 2.63% 38,699
62 Clear Lake 2.51% 7,644
63 Dubuque 2.45% 58,340
64 Vinton 2.36% 5,124
65 Algona 2.18% 5,455
66 Indianola 2.14% 15,653
67 Cedar Falls 2.13% 41,202
68 Newton 2.12% 15,167
69 Johnston 1.98% 20,767
70 Norwalk 1.91% 10,568
71 Maquoketa 1.84% 6,026
72 Waverly 1.78% 10,075
73 Centerville 1.6% 5,487
74 Manchester 1.07% 5,037
75 Winterset 0.42% 5,203
76 Carroll 0.39% 9,899

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