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 (Photos)
  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.

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.

1. Denison

Denison, Iowa

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

2. Storm Lake

Storm Lake, Iowa

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

3. Perry

Perry, Iowa

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

4. Marshalltown

Marshalltown, Iowa

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

5. Muscatine

Muscatine, Iowa

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

6. Sioux City

Sioux City, Iowa

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

7. Ottumwa

Ottumwa, Iowa

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

8. Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa

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

9. Estherville

Estherville, Iowa

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

10. Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa

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

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

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

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