10 Cities In Iowa With The Largest Native American Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in Iowa with the largest Native American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Iowa with the largest Native American population.

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There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:

  1. White
  2. Hispanic
  3. African American

But those are only the major races, there’s a whole bunch of other races people are interested in knowing about.

And today, we are going to look at the percent of the population in Iowa that are Native American.

Native Americans are not a major portion of the current American Population, but they are still very important.

There are now over 2 million people who identify as Native American living in America, making up .65% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Native American population in Iowa is 8,641 – at 0.3% of the total population of Iowa.

So, what how does the Native American population stratify across Iowa? Which cities and towns in Iowa have seen the greatest increase in their Native American population?

Here are the 10 cities in Iowa with the largest Native American population in 2019:

  1. Sioux City (Photos)
  2. Anamosa (Photos)
  3. Clarinda (Photos)
  4. Charles City (Photos)
  5. Glenwood (Photos)
  6. Iowa Falls (Photos)
  7. Grimes (Photos)
  8. Knoxville (Photos)
  9. Cherokee
  10. Mount Pleasant (Photos)

Which city in Iowa had the largest Native American population?

Sioux City took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Iowa for 2019. 1.5% of Sioux City identify as Native American.

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 Native American, check out the best places to live in Iowa or the most diverse places in Iowa.

For more Iowa reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Native American 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 American Indian and Alaska Native alone.

We limited our analysis to places with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 77 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 1.5% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of American Indian and Alaska Native population with a higher score being more American Indian and Alaska Native than a lower score. Sioux City took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Winterset was the least Native American city.

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

Sioux City, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 82,568
% Native American: 1.5%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,237
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.22%
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.

Anamosa, IA

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,420
% Native American: 1.49%
# Of Native American Residents: 81
Percent Change Since 2010: 88.37%
More on Anamosa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Anamosa is a city in Jones County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,533 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jones County.

Clarinda, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,377
% Native American: 0.89%
# Of Native American Residents: 48
Percent Change Since 2010: -33.33%
More on Clarinda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarinda is a city in and the county seat of Page County, Iowa, United States. It is located in Nodaway Township. The population was 5,572 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 5,690 population in the 2000 census.

Charles City, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,427
% Native American: 0.73%
# Of Native American Residents: 54
Percent Change Since 2010: 440.0%
More on Charles City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Charles City is a city in Floyd County, Iowa, United States. The population was 7,652 at the 2010 census a decrease of 160, or 2%, from 7,812 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Floyd County. Charles City is a significant commercial and transportation center for the area, located on U.S. Highways 18 and 218, Iowa Highway 14, and the Canadian National and Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroads.

Glenwood, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,271
% Native American: 0.7%
# Of Native American Residents: 37
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.5%
More on Glenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glenwood is a city in and the county seat of Mills County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,269 in the 2010 census, a decline from 5,358 in the 2000 census.

Iowa Falls, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,132
% Native American: 0.7%
# Of Native American Residents: 36
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Iowa Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Iowa Falls is a city in Hardin County, Iowa, United States. Iowa Falls is the home of Ellsworth Community College. It is also a regional transportation center, located along U.S. Routes 20 and 65 and the Canadian National and Union Pacific Railroads. The population was 5,238 at the 2010 census. A landmark in the city is its movie theater. Built as the Metropolitan Opera House in 1899, it presented plays, operas, and vaudeville in the town during the first half of the twentieth century, and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Grimes, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,139
% Native American: 0.7%
# Of Native American Residents: 78
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Grimes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grimes is a city in Dallas and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 8,246 at the 2010 census. Grimes is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Knoxville, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,202
% Native American: 0.69%
# Of Native American Residents: 50
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.06%
More on Knoxville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Knoxville is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States. The population was 7,313 at the 2010 census, a decrease from 7,731 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Marion County. Knoxville is home of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, located next to the famous Knoxville Raceway dirt track.

Cherokee, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,018
% Native American: 0.58%
# Of Native American Residents: 29
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Cherokee: Real Estate | Data

Cherokee is a city in Cherokee County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,253 at the 2010 Census, down from 5,369 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cherokee County.

Mount Pleasant, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,467
% Native American: 0.54%
# Of Native American Residents: 46
Percent Change Since 2010: 4500.0%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Pleasant is a city in and the county seat of Henry County, Iowa, in the United States. The population was 8,668 in the 2010 census, a decline from 8,751 in the 2000 census. It was founded in 1835 by pioneer Presley Saunders.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Iowa

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

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

  1. Winterset
  2. Carroll
  3. Centerville

For more Iowa reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Iowa?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Sioux City 1.5% 82,568
2 Anamosa 1.49% 5,420
3 Clarinda 0.89% 5,377
4 Charles City 0.73% 7,427
5 Glenwood 0.7% 5,271
6 Iowa Falls 0.7% 5,132
7 Grimes 0.7% 11,139
8 Knoxville 0.69% 7,202
9 Cherokee 0.58% 5,018
10 Mount Pleasant 0.54% 8,467
11 Washington 0.53% 7,358
12 Clinton 0.5% 25,892
13 Clear Lake 0.45% 7,612
14 Pleasant Hill 0.44% 9,608
15 Council Bluffs 0.41% 62,317
16 Decorah 0.39% 7,850
17 Sioux Center 0.38% 7,450
18 Waterloo 0.38% 68,146
19 Bettendorf 0.35% 35,293
20 Norwalk 0.33% 10,179
21 Mason City 0.33% 27,453
22 Creston 0.33% 7,860
23 Des Moines 0.28% 214,778
24 Waverly 0.27% 10,052
25 Fort Dodge 0.26% 24,566
26 Davenport 0.26% 102,268
27 Burlington 0.26% 25,330
28 Newton 0.25% 15,085
29 Le Mars 0.24% 9,861
30 Ames 0.24% 65,005
31 Muscatine 0.24% 23,852
32 Atlantic 0.24% 6,787
33 Iowa City 0.23% 73,415
34 Cedar Rapids 0.22% 130,330
35 Oskaloosa 0.22% 11,531
36 Marshalltown 0.21% 27,440
37 Boone 0.2% 12,538
38 Fort Madison 0.19% 10,634
39 Perry 0.15% 7,747
40 Denison 0.13% 8,361
41 Altoona 0.12% 17,354
42 Manchester 0.12% 5,047
43 Keokuk 0.11% 10,484
44 Indianola 0.1% 15,489
45 West Des Moines 0.1% 62,999
46 Ottumwa 0.09% 24,705
47 Cedar Falls 0.06% 41,167
48 Johnston 0.05% 20,172
49 Dubuque 0.04% 58,410
50 Ankeny 0.01% 56,237
51 Clive 0.01% 17,134
52 Marion 0.01% 38,014
53 Storm Lake 0.0% 10,738
54 Spencer 0.0% 11,132
55 Vinton 0.0% 5,141
56 Webster City 0.0% 7,830
57 Sheldon 0.0% 5,060
58 Red Oak 0.0% 5,475
59 Waukee 0.0% 17,980
60 Urbandale 0.0% 42,222
61 Algona 0.0% 5,488
62 Pella 0.0% 10,243
63 Orange City 0.0% 6,123
64 Oelwein 0.0% 6,093
65 North Liberty 0.0% 17,721
66 Nevada 0.0% 6,790
67 Maquoketa 0.0% 5,954
68 Independence 0.0% 6,013
69 Hiawatha 0.0% 7,262
70 Grinnell 0.0% 9,028
71 Fairfield 0.0% 10,125
72 Estherville 0.0% 5,930
73 Eldridge 0.0% 6,231
74 Coralville 0.0% 20,250
75 Centerville 0.0% 5,503
76 Carroll 0.0% 9,937
77 Winterset 0.0% 5,157

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