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:
- Denison (Photos)
- Storm Lake
- Perry (Photos)
- Marshalltown (Photos)
- Muscatine (Photos)
- Sioux City (Photos)
- Ottumwa (Photos)
- Sioux Center (Photos)
- Estherville (Photos)
- 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.
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*
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.
Population: 8,326% Hispanic: 45.99%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 3,829
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.2%
2. Storm Lake
Population: 10,768% Hispanic: 37.57%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 4,046
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.47%
Population: 7,876% Hispanic: 36.66%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 2,887
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.77%
Population: 27,637% Hispanic: 27.61%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 7,630
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.03%
Population: 23,909% Hispanic: 18.82%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 4,499
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.43%
6. Sioux City
Population: 82,666% Hispanic: 18.31%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 15,140
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.55%
Population: 24,709% Hispanic: 13.76%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 3,401
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.71%
8. Sioux Center
Population: 7,370% Hispanic: 13.43%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 990
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.83%
Population: 6,027% Hispanic: 13.26%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 799
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.84%
10. Des Moines
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:
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Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Iowa
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