The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Iowa For 2022


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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Iowa.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, while others want peace and quiet like in Manchester and Iowa Falls, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Iowa have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Hawkeye State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Iowa for 2022 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Iowa For 2022

  1. Bondurant
  2. Waukee
  3. Grimes
  4. North Liberty
  5. Asbury
  6. Ankeny
  7. Johnston
  8. Altoona
  9. Norwalk
  10. Eldridge

What's the fastest growing city in Iowa for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Bondurant ranks as the fastest growing city in Iowa. If you happen to be a resident of Bondurant, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Iowa are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Iowa or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Iowa state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Iowa For 2022

1. Bondurant

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,567
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,486
Percent Growth 88.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,081
More on Bondurant: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Waukee

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 22,598
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 12,305
Percent Growth 83.6%
Absolute Growth: 10,293
More on Waukee: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Waukee, IA

3. Grimes

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,746
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,653
Percent Growth 79.6%
Absolute Growth: 6,093
More on Grimes: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Grimes, IA

4. North Liberty

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,159
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 11,889
Percent Growth 61.1%
Absolute Growth: 7,270
More on North Liberty: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

North Liberty, IA

5. Asbury

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,931
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 3,852
Percent Growth 54.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,079
More on Asbury: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Asbury, IA

6. Ankeny

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 64,744
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 42,211
Percent Growth 53.4%
Absolute Growth: 22,533
More on Ankeny: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Ankeny, IA

7. Johnston

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,077
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 15,723
Percent Growth 40.4%
Absolute Growth: 6,354
More on Johnston: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Johnston, IA

8. Altoona

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,917
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,757
Percent Growth 37.5%
Absolute Growth: 5,160
More on Altoona: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Altoona, IA

9. Norwalk

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,467
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,622
Percent Growth 33.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,845
More on Norwalk: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Norwalk, IA

10. Eldridge

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,678
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,319
Percent Growth 25.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,359
More on Eldridge: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Eldridge, IA

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Hawkeye State for 2022

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 80 Iowa cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Hawkeye State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Iowa with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Iowa Graph For 2022

Click to enlarge

Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In Iowa, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Iowa are led by Bondurant which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Estherville
  2. Red Oak
  3. Oelwein

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Iowa For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Bondurant 88.4% 6,567 3,486
2 Waukee 83.6% 22,598 12,305
3 Grimes 79.6% 13,746 7,653
4 North Liberty 61.1% 19,159 11,889
5 Asbury 54.0% 5,931 3,852
6 Ankeny 53.4% 64,744 42,211
7 Johnston 40.4% 22,077 15,723
8 Altoona 37.5% 18,917 13,757
9 Norwalk 33.0% 11,467 8,622
10 Eldridge 25.5% 6,678 5,319

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