These Are The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in Iowa that have the largest Hispanic population in 2018.

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The 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 26.1% increase in the Hispanic population in Iowa.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Iowa with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:

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

Denison took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Iowa for 2018.

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 most diverse places in Iowa.

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How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 80 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 46.0% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Denison took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Vinton was the least Hispanic city.

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

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1. Denison

Denison, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,326
% Hispanic: 45.99%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 3,829
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.2%

2. Storm Lake

Storm Lake, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,768
% Hispanic: 37.57%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 4,046
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.47%

3. Perry

Perry, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,876
% Hispanic: 36.66%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 2,887
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.77%

4. Marshalltown

Marshalltown, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,637
% Hispanic: 27.61%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 7,630
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.03%

5. Muscatine

Muscatine, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,909
% Hispanic: 18.82%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 4,499
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.43%

6. Sioux City

Sioux City, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,666
% Hispanic: 18.31%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 15,140
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.55%

7. Ottumwa

Ottumwa, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,709
% Hispanic: 13.76%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 3,401
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.71%

8. Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,370
% Hispanic: 13.43%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 990
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.83%

9. Estherville

Estherville, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,027
% Hispanic: 13.26%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 799
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.84%

10. Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 212,859
% Hispanic: 12.64%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 26,916
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.63%

There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across Iowa

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

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

  1. Vinton
  2. Glenwood
  3. Manchester

For more Iowa reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Iowa

City Rank Population % Hispanic
Denison 1 8,326 45.99%
Storm Lake 2 10,768 37.57%
Perry 3 7,876 36.66%
Marshalltown 4 27,637 27.61%
Muscatine 5 23,909 18.82%
Sioux City 6 82,666 18.31%
Ottumwa 7 24,709 13.76%
Sioux Center 8 7,370 13.43%
Estherville 9 6,027 13.26%
Des Moines 10 212,859 12.64%
Council Bluffs 11 62,326 9.96%
Davenport 12 102,305 8.28%
Pleasant Hill 13 9,406 8.25%
Webster City 14 7,825 8.0%
Washington 15 7,368 7.89%
Iowa Falls 16 5,176 7.61%
Mount Pleasant 17 8,491 7.41%
Shenandoah 18 5,030 7.3%
Orange City 19 6,153 6.63%
Clive 20 17,022 6.59%
Waterloo 21 68,357 6.22%
Fort Madison 22 10,769 6.1%
Iowa City 23 72,385 5.92%
Red Oak 24 5,547 5.66%
North Liberty 25 16,984 5.53%
West Des Moines 26 61,624 5.51%
Fort Dodge 27 24,626 5.36%
Oelwein 28 6,195 5.12%
Clear Lake 29 7,644 5.05%
Harlan 30 5,008 4.97%
Mason City 31 27,546 4.88%
Coralville 32 20,078 4.74%
Sheldon 33 5,015 4.71%
Le Mars 34 9,826 4.58%
De Witt 35 5,264 4.35%
Cherokee 36 5,113 4.11%
Eldridge 37 6,122 4.08%
Grinnell 38 9,112 3.97%
Bettendorf 39 35,048 3.96%
Charles City 40 7,496 3.84%
Altoona 41 16,692 3.82%
Spencer 42 11,172 3.8%
Fairfield 43 9,942 3.75%
Cedar Rapids 44 129,537 3.71%
Waukee 45 16,955 3.67%
Anamosa 46 5,459 3.66%
Nevada 47 6,796 3.63%
Atlantic 48 6,817 3.56%
Burlington 49 25,492 3.5%
Knoxville 50 7,236 3.43%
Creston 51 7,877 3.35%
Ames 52 64,073 3.24%
Urbandale 53 41,578 3.22%
Boone 54 12,609 3.06%
Independence 55 6,005 3.05%
Grimes 56 10,422 3.04%
Carroll 57 9,990 3.01%
Clinton 58 26,148 2.79%
Dubuque 59 58,535 2.66%
Norwalk 60 9,944 2.63%
Ankeny 61 53,413 2.61%
Oskaloosa 62 11,538 2.5%
Keokuk 63 10,628 2.49%
Centerville 64 5,404 2.39%
Indianola 65 15,343 2.33%
Pella 66 10,280 2.25%
Decorah 67 7,985 2.24%
Winterset 68 5,158 2.19%
Johnston 69 19,491 2.17%
Hiawatha 70 7,160 2.16%
Cedar Falls 71 40,828 2.01%
Algona 72 5,496 1.97%
Waverly 73 10,049 1.85%
Marion 74 37,198 1.85%
Clarinda 75 5,431 1.38%
Newton 76 15,090 1.29%
Maquoketa 77 6,025 1.21%
Manchester 78 5,083 1.14%
Glenwood 79 5,233 0.08%
Vinton 80 5,166 0.02%

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