These Are The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second 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 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 2019:

  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)

Denison took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Iowa for 2019.

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 77 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 46.9% to 0.0%.

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 Vinton was the least Hispanic or Latino city.

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.

Denison, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,361
% Hispanic/Latino: 46.88%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,920
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.13%
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: 10,738
% Hispanic/Latino: 37.69%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,047
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.49%
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: 7,747
% Hispanic/Latino: 37.12%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,876
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.38%
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
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Population: 27,440
% Hispanic/Latino: 28.98%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 7,952
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.56%
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: 23,852
% Hispanic/Latino: 19.36%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,618
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.74%
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: 82,568
% Hispanic/Latino: 18.85%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 15,562
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.94%
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
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Population: 24,705
% Hispanic/Latino: 14.7%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,631
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.48%
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: 5,930
% Hispanic/Latino: 13.66%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 810
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.6%
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

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 214,778
% Hispanic/Latino: 13.08%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 28,085
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.83%
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: 7,450
% Hispanic/Latino: 10.85%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 808
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.34%
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.

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. Vinton
  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 46.88% 8,361
2 Storm Lake 37.69% 10,738
3 Perry 37.12% 7,747
4 Marshalltown 28.98% 27,440
5 Muscatine 19.36% 23,852
6 Sioux City 18.85% 82,568
7 Ottumwa 14.7% 24,705
8 Estherville 13.66% 5,930
9 Des Moines 13.08% 214,778
10 Sioux Center 10.85% 7,450
11 Council Bluffs 10.18% 62,317
12 Webster City 8.84% 7,830
13 Davenport 8.5% 102,268
14 Orange City 8.0% 6,123
15 Washington 7.39% 7,358
16 Mount Pleasant 6.81% 8,467
17 Le Mars 6.54% 9,861
18 Red Oak 6.45% 5,475
19 Eldridge 6.42% 6,231
20 Iowa Falls 6.35% 5,132
21 Waterloo 6.33% 68,146
22 Pleasant Hill 6.22% 9,608
23 Fort Madison 6.17% 10,634
24 Sheldon 6.07% 5,060
25 Iowa City 6.01% 73,415
26 Coralville 5.94% 20,250
27 Mason City 5.65% 27,453
28 Anamosa 5.61% 5,420
29 Fort Dodge 5.51% 24,566
30 West Des Moines 5.49% 62,999
31 Nevada 5.39% 6,790
32 Clive 4.94% 17,134
33 Waukee 4.48% 17,980
34 Bettendorf 4.06% 35,293
35 Oelwein 4.02% 6,093
36 Creston 4.01% 7,860
37 Cherokee 4.01% 5,018
38 Grimes 3.97% 11,139
39 Boone 3.91% 12,538
40 Altoona 3.91% 17,354
41 Urbandale 3.91% 42,222
42 Fairfield 3.9% 10,125
43 Cedar Rapids 3.81% 130,330
44 Atlantic 3.77% 6,787
45 Burlington 3.66% 25,330
46 Grinnell 3.66% 9,028
47 Ames 3.49% 65,005
48 Charles City 3.49% 7,427
49 Spencer 3.4% 11,132
50 North Liberty 3.31% 17,721
51 Keokuk 3.3% 10,484
52 Clear Lake 3.19% 7,612
53 Independence 3.04% 6,013
54 Knoxville 2.72% 7,202
55 Glenwood 2.66% 5,271
56 Centerville 2.65% 5,503
57 Ankeny 2.58% 56,237
58 Hiawatha 2.58% 7,262
59 Pella 2.56% 10,243
60 Oskaloosa 2.48% 11,531
61 Indianola 2.4% 15,489
62 Clinton 2.3% 25,892
63 Cedar Falls 2.29% 41,167
64 Clarinda 2.21% 5,377
65 Dubuque 2.2% 58,410
66 Waverly 2.19% 10,052
67 Decorah 2.17% 7,850
68 Newton 2.13% 15,085
69 Norwalk 2.01% 10,179
70 Algona 1.9% 5,488
71 Marion 1.77% 38,014
72 Johnston 1.33% 20,172
73 Maquoketa 1.13% 5,954
74 Carroll 0.94% 9,937
75 Manchester 0.75% 5,047
76 Winterset 0.29% 5,157
77 Vinton 0.02% 5,141

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