100 Biggest Cities In Iowa For 2021

Using the latest Census data, we detail the 100 biggest cities in Iowa. You can all see a comprehensive list of all 290 cities and places in Iowa.

We all love the biggest cities that the Hawkeye State has to offer. You know the places like Des Moines and Cedar Rapids which make all the headlines.

But there are a bunch of other great large cities in Iowa that don't get as much love.

We're going to change that right now.

Using the most recent Census data, we can tell you about all the places in Iowa with a focus on the biggest. We update the data each year and this is our fourth time doing this.

You can click here to see a full table of the full of the 100 biggest cities in Iowa, along with every other place over 1,000 people big. It is sortable by clicking on the headers.

Read on below to see more on the biggest cities. Or for more reading on places to live in Iowa, check out:

The 10 Biggest Cities In Iowa

Des Moines, IA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population: 215,636
Population 2010: 202,095
Growth: 6.7%
More on Des Moines: Crime ReportHomes For Sale | Data

Cedar Rapids, IA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population: 132,301
Population 2010: 125,450
Growth: 5.5%
More on Cedar Rapids: Crime ReportHomes For Sale | Data

Davenport, IA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population: 102,169
Population 2010: 98,325
Growth: 3.9%
More on Davenport: Crime ReportHomes For Sale | Data

Sioux City, IA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population: 82,531
Population 2010: 82,106
Growth: 0.5%
More on Sioux City: Crime ReportHomes For Sale | Data

Iowa City, IA
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population: 74,950
Population 2010: 66,758
Growth: 12.3%
More on Iowa City: Crime ReportHomes For Sale | Data

Waterloo, IA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population: 67,912
Population 2010: 67,893
Growth: 0.0%
More on Waterloo: Crime ReportHomes For Sale | Data

Ames, IA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population: 66,023
Population 2010: 57,343
Growth: 15.1%
More on Ames: Crime ReportHomes For Sale | Data

West Des Moines, IA
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population: 65,606
Population 2010: 54,731
Growth: 19.9%
More on West Des Moines: Homes For Sale | Data

Council Bluffs, IA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population: 62,355
Population 2010: 61,340
Growth: 1.7%
More on Council Bluffs: Crime ReportHomes For Sale | Data

Ankeny, IA
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Population: 61,938
Population 2010: 42,211
Growth: 46.7%
More on Ankeny: Crime ReportHomes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Largest Cities In Iowa

We've been ranking and dissecting cities in the Hawkeye State for over 4 years now -- making this actually the fourth time we've run the numbers. We always use the best data, the US Census. In this case, that means we are using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.

It what is probably the most simple analysis we run each year, we ranked every place in Iowa from biggest to smallest. The biggest city this year? That would be Des Moines.

The smallest? Preston, although there are places smaller than 1,000 people not listed here, so keep that in mind as we take a look at the top ten.

Now on to numbers 11-100 Biggest in Iowa

We hope that you find the big city, or really any city, that's right for you. Below is a list of the rest of the biggest cities along with every other place in Iowa.

Have fun snacking around in the Hawkeye State!

For more reading on Iowa, check out:

Detailed List Of The Biggest Cities In Iowa

Rank City Current Population 2010 Growth
1 Des Moines 215,636 202,095 6.7%
2 Cedar Rapids 132,301 125,450 5.5%
3 Davenport 102,169 98,325 3.9%
4 Sioux City 82,531 82,106 0.5%
5 Iowa City 74,950 66,758 12.3%
6 Waterloo 67,912 67,893 0.0%
7 Ames 66,023 57,343 15.1%
8 West Des Moines 65,606 54,731 19.9%
9 Council Bluffs 62,355 61,340 1.7%
10 Ankeny 61,938 42,211 46.7%
11 Dubuque 58,196 57,504 1.2%
12 Urbandale 43,441 37,503 15.8%
13 Cedar Falls 40,983 38,178 7.3%
14 Marion 39,328 33,293 18.1%
15 Bettendorf 35,919 32,490 10.6%
16 Mason City 27,200 28,125 -3.3%
17 Marshalltown 27,053 27,096 -0.2%
18 Clinton 25,416 27,016 -5.9%
19 Burlington 24,974 25,604 -2.5%
20 Ottumwa 24,545 24,889 -1.4%
21 Fort Dodge 24,278 25,323 -4.1%
22 Muscatine 23,774 22,819 4.2%
23 Johnston 21,406 15,723 36.1%
24 Coralville 21,103 18,186 16.0%
25 Waukee 20,785 12,305 68.9%
26 North Liberty 18,829 11,889 58.4%
27 Altoona 18,458 13,757 34.2%
28 Clive 17,167 14,950 14.8%
29 Indianola 15,802 14,546 8.6%
30 Newton 15,164 15,371 -1.3%
31 Grimes 12,839 7,653 67.8%
32 Boone 12,487 12,764 -2.2%
33 Oskaloosa 11,511 11,393 1.0%
34 Spencer 11,052 11,193 -1.3%
35 Norwalk 10,978 8,622 27.3%
36 Storm Lake 10,558 10,357 1.9%
37 Fort Madison 10,513 11,096 -5.3%
38 Keokuk 10,324 10,802 -4.4%
39 Fairfield 10,290 9,451 8.9%
40 Pella 10,231 10,359 -1.2%
41 Waverly 10,094 9,754 3.5%
42 Le Mars 9,941 9,719 2.3%
43 Carroll 9,904 10,047 -1.4%
44 Pleasant Hill 9,871 8,100 21.9%
45 Grinnell 9,031 9,265 -2.5%
46 Mount Pleasant 8,581 8,743 -1.9%
47 Denison 8,337 8,077 3.2%
48 Creston 7,784 7,738 0.6%
49 Webster City 7,732 8,125 -4.8%
50 Decorah 7,701 8,115 -5.1%
51 Perry 7,599 7,706 -1.4%
52 Clear Lake 7,597 7,799 -2.6%
53 Sioux Center 7,534 6,916 8.9%
54 Charles City 7,396 7,667 -3.5%
55 Hiawatha 7,333 6,932 5.8%
56 Washington 7,313 7,261 0.7%
57 Knoxville 7,192 7,459 -3.6%
58 Nevada 6,754 6,753 0.0%
59 Atlantic 6,669 7,078 -5.8%
60 Eldridge 6,529 5,319 22.7%
61 Bondurant 6,191 3,486 77.6%
62 Orange City 6,127 5,967 2.7%
63 Independence 6,056 5,987 1.2%
64 Maquoketa 6,010 6,135 -2.0%
65 Oelwein 5,979 6,433 -7.1%
66 Estherville 5,796 6,388 -9.3%
67 Asbury 5,557 3,852 44.3%
68 Anamosa 5,476 5,634 -2.8%
69 Centerville 5,458 5,593 -2.4%
70 Algona 5,447 5,569 -2.2%
71 Clarinda 5,388 5,566 -3.2%
72 Red Oak 5,362 5,814 -7.8%
73 Glenwood 5,326 5,354 -0.5%
74 Winterset 5,260 5,138 2.4%
75 Sheldon 5,128 5,046 1.6%
76 Iowa Falls 5,122 5,195 -1.4%
77 Osceola 5,103 4,878 4.6%
78 Vinton 5,103 5,262 -3.0%
79 Spirit Lake 5,069 4,749 6.7%
80 Manchester 5,019 5,187 -3.2%
81 Windsor Heights 4,953 4,835 2.4%
82 Cherokee 4,920 5,205 -5.5%
83 Shenandoah 4,897 5,222 -6.2%
84 Harlan 4,845 5,140 -5.7%
85 Sergeant Bluff 4,798 4,031 19.0%
86 Evansdale 4,765 4,666 2.1%
87 Polk City 4,625 3,231 43.1%
88 Adel 4,588 3,640 26.0%
89 Humboldt 4,583 4,648 -1.4%
90 Mount Vernon 4,451 4,375 1.7%
91 Camanche 4,334 4,403 -1.6%
92 Hampton 4,231 4,420 -4.3%
93 Carlisle 4,162 3,775 10.3%
94 Chariton 4,149 4,429 -6.3%
95 Jefferson 4,137 4,360 -5.1%
96 Dyersville 4,130 4,070 1.5%
97 Saylorville 4,009 3,105 29.1%
98 Le Claire 3,971 3,561 11.5%
99 Forest City 3,928 4,160 -5.6%
100 Monticello 3,837 3,785 1.4%
101 Rock Valley 3,812 3,274 16.4%
102 Carter Lake 3,796 3,676 3.3%
103 Huxley 3,769 3,132 20.3%
104 Cresco 3,768 3,867 -2.6%
105 West Liberty 3,757 3,659 2.7%
106 Emmetsburg 3,728 3,898 -4.4%
107 Albia 3,727 3,746 -0.5%
108 Waukon 3,671 3,931 -6.6%
109 Osage 3,568 3,597 -0.8%
110 Robins 3,457 2,906 19.0%
111 Eagle Grove 3,429 3,601 -4.8%
112 New Hampton 3,421 3,585 -4.6%
113 Story City 3,377 3,393 -0.5%
114 Tiffin 3,351 1,986 68.7%
115 Tipton 3,207 3,209 -0.1%
116 Williamsburg 3,152 3,015 4.5%
117 Garner 3,059 3,102 -1.4%
118 Milford 3,004 2,844 5.6%
119 West Burlington 2,927 2,977 -1.7%
120 Wilton 2,843 2,801 1.5%
121 Hawarden 2,836 2,536 11.8%
122 Park View 2,818 2,428 16.1%
123 Jesup 2,806 2,592 8.3%
124 Onawa 2,804 3,005 -6.7%
125 Tama 2,769 2,870 -3.5%
126 Clarion 2,754 2,861 -3.7%
127 La Porte City 2,743 2,637 4.0%
128 Fairfax 2,680 1,641 63.3%
129 Grundy Center 2,675 2,673 0.1%
130 Bloomfield 2,658 2,630 1.1%
131 Eldora 2,645 2,774 -4.7%
132 Missouri Valley 2,640 2,886 -8.5%
133 Solon 2,615 1,924 35.9%
134 Sibley 2,611 2,804 -6.9%
135 Madrid 2,578 2,505 2.9%
136 Lamoni 2,554 2,501 2.1%
137 Postville 2,547 1,996 27.6%
138 West Union 2,545 2,614 -2.6%
139 Rock Rapids 2,545 2,537 0.3%
140 Center Point 2,543 2,428 4.7%
141 Kalona 2,520 2,449 2.9%
142 Lisbon 2,493 1,885 32.3%
143 Marengo 2,483 2,546 -2.5%
144 Belle Plaine 2,477 2,607 -5.0%
145 Belmond 2,466 2,287 7.8%
146 Hudson 2,375 2,334 1.8%
147 Mitchellville 2,365 2,529 -6.5%
148 Toledo 2,303 2,595 -11.3%
149 Northwood 2,297 1,962 17.1%
150 Rockwell City 2,258 2,357 -4.2%
151 West Branch 2,249 2,468 -8.9%
152 Columbus Junction 2,229 2,024 10.1%
153 Ely 2,227 1,624 37.1%
154 Sumner 2,175 2,031 7.1%
155 Bellevue 2,157 2,289 -5.8%
156 New London 2,128 1,760 20.9%
157 Cascade 2,113 2,272 -7.0%
158 Prairie City 2,091 1,311 59.5%
159 Hull 2,089 1,955 6.9%
160 Lake Mills 2,067 2,162 -4.4%
161 Mount Ayr 2,056 1,659 23.9%
162 Alta 2,039 1,917 6.4%
163 Wapello 2,005 2,343 -14.4%
164 Sac City 2,001 2,294 -12.8%
165 Ida Grove 2,000 2,158 -7.3%
166 Audubon 1,991 2,177 -8.5%
167 Atkins 1,991 1,719 15.8%
168 Epworth 1,967 1,809 8.7%
169 Parkersburg 1,940 1,947 -0.4%
170 Peosta 1,910 1,511 26.4%
171 Britt 1,893 2,110 -10.3%
172 Durant 1,880 1,907 -1.4%
173 Ogden 1,875 2,410 -22.2%
174 Leon 1,868 2,105 -11.3%
175 Sigourney 1,867 2,101 -11.1%
176 Manson 1,867 1,648 13.3%
177 Pleasantville 1,859 1,605 15.8%
178 Colfax 1,839 2,743 -33.0%
179 Remsen 1,833 2,018 -9.2%
180 Ackley 1,816 1,550 17.2%
181 Moville 1,812 1,743 4.0%
182 Mediapolis 1,795 1,812 -0.9%
183 Lake City 1,764 1,682 4.9%
184 Granger 1,756 1,035 69.7%
185 Monroe 1,733 1,868 -7.2%
186 Greenfield 1,730 1,973 -12.3%
187 Denver 1,726 1,827 -5.5%
188 Brooklyn 1,703 1,322 28.8%
189 Hartley 1,695 1,796 -5.6%
190 Guttenberg 1,683 1,784 -5.7%
191 Guthrie Center 1,678 1,562 7.4%
192 Walcott 1,672 1,570 6.5%
193 State Center 1,661 1,436 15.7%
194 Monona 1,635 1,844 -11.3%
195 Corydon 1,628 1,410 15.5%
196 Reinbeck 1,610 1,963 -18.0%
197 Kingsley 1,593 1,317 21.0%
198 Farley 1,592 1,508 5.6%
199 Akron 1,588 1,512 5.0%
200 Slater 1,585 1,583 0.1%
201 Sanborn 1,582 1,302 21.5%
202 Corning 1,577 1,674 -5.8%
203 Pocahontas 1,574 1,698 -7.3%
204 Stuart 1,573 1,649 -4.6%
205 Blue Grass 1,568 1,382 13.5%
206 Logan 1,568 1,571 -0.2%
207 Oakland 1,567 1,626 -3.6%
208 Manning 1,565 1,713 -8.6%
209 Traer 1,547 1,681 -8.0%
210 Nora Springs 1,535 1,557 -1.4%
211 Urbana 1,517 1,409 7.7%
212 Dallas Center 1,515 2,085 -27.3%
213 Bedford 1,513 1,651 -8.4%
214 Nashua 1,506 1,646 -8.5%
215 Woodbine 1,488 1,603 -7.2%
216 Strawberry Point 1,462 1,246 17.3%
217 Shell Rock 1,445 1,335 8.2%
218 Lenox 1,437 1,315 9.3%
219 Avoca 1,413 1,555 -9.1%
220 Roland 1,408 1,349 4.4%
221 Manly 1,396 1,181 18.2%
222 Dysart 1,391 1,520 -8.5%
223 Walford 1,385 1,519 -8.8%
224 Elkader 1,376 1,281 7.4%
225 Earlham 1,350 1,845 -26.8%
226 Clarksville 1,347 1,558 -13.5%
227 Montezuma 1,338 1,617 -17.3%
228 Alton 1,336 1,077 24.0%
229 Wellman 1,321 1,484 -11.0%
230 Lone Tree 1,312 1,333 -1.6%
231 Tripoli 1,302 1,301 0.1%
232 Holstein 1,294 1,474 -12.2%
233 Dike 1,294 1,095 18.2%
234 Central City 1,280 1,250 2.4%
235 Coon Rapids 1,263 1,181 6.9%
236 Tabor 1,257 1,303 -3.5%
237 Fairbank 1,249 1,236 1.1%
238 Woodward 1,243 1,165 6.7%
239 Villisca 1,243 1,354 -8.2%
240 Van Meter 1,239 1,199 3.3%
241 Marcus 1,233 979 25.9%
242 Lake Park 1,230 1,115 10.3%
243 Laurens 1,228 1,402 -12.4%
244 Panora 1,228 1,228 0.0%
245 Eddyville 1,226 898 36.5%
246 Sloan 1,215 1,046 16.2%
247 Hamburg 1,214 1,156 5.0%
248 Griswold 1,191 975 22.2%
249 Sheffield 1,190 1,277 -6.8%
250 George 1,188 1,293 -8.1%
251 Jewell Junction 1,187 1,006 18.0%
252 Anita 1,185 1,049 13.0%
253 Buffalo 1,182 1,244 -5.0%
254 Melcher-Dallas 1,160 1,276 -9.1%
255 University Heights 1,159 1,111 4.3%
256 St. Ansgar 1,159 1,205 -3.8%
257 New Sharon 1,144 1,262 -9.4%
258 Glidden 1,131 1,132 -0.1%
259 Mechanicsville 1,126 1,142 -1.4%
260 Fredericksburg 1,124 870 29.2%
261 Riverside 1,115 891 25.1%
262 Mapleton 1,114 1,314 -15.2%
263 Fayette 1,113 1,481 -24.8%
264 Allison 1,109 1,009 9.9%
265 Lawton 1,105 937 17.9%
266 Princeton 1,102 966 14.1%
267 Winfield 1,101 1,433 -23.2%
268 Springville 1,092 1,042 4.8%
269 North English 1,087 978 11.1%
270 Conrad 1,083 932 16.2%
271 Lake View 1,067 1,301 -18.0%
272 Sidney 1,067 1,008 5.9%
273 Wayland 1,066 903 18.1%
274 Dunlap 1,059 992 6.8%
275 Palo 1,044 912 14.5%
276 Donnellson 1,039 1,054 -1.4%
277 Fruitland 1,036 1,349 -23.2%
278 Newhall 1,029 722 42.5%
279 Larchwood 1,027 900 14.1%
280 Greene 1,026 1,177 -12.8%
281 De Soto 1,025 929 10.3%
282 Treynor 1,022 1,041 -1.8%
283 Malvern 1,015 1,158 -12.3%
284 Gilbert 1,013 1,054 -3.9%
285 Arnolds Park 1,009 933 8.1%
286 Calmar 1,009 996 1.3%
287 Elk Run Heights 1,009 1,029 -1.9%
288 Baxter 1,004 1,153 -12.9%
289 Beaverdale 1,002 982 2.0%
290 Preston 1,000 996 0.4%

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