The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


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

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Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise "most of the minority". We're not totally sure that's a term, but it's an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a "minority of the minority", generally. But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in Iowa is 78,873 - at 2.5% of the total population of Iowa.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups -- Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

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

Here are the cities in Iowa with the largest Asian population in 2022:

  1. Storm Lake
  2. Fairfield
  3. Ames
  4. Coralville
  5. Iowa City
  6. Johnston
  7. Clive
  8. West Des Moines
  9. Des Moines
  10. Bettendorf

Which city in Iowa had the largest Asian population? Storm Lake took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Iowa for 2022. 16.63% of Storm Lake identify as Asian.

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Iowa For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,508
% Asian: 16.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,747
Percent Change Since 2010: 149.93%
More on Storm Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Storm Lake, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 10,327
% Asian: 14.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,540
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.78%
More on Fairfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairfield, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 66,361
% Asian: 11.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,576
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.01%
More on Ames: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ames, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,630
% Asian: 10.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,204
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.72%
More on Coralville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coralville, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 75,849
% Asian: 7.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,531
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.83%
More on Iowa City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Iowa City, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,077
% Asian: 6.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,536
Percent Change Since 2010: 74.15%
More on Johnston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Johnston, IA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,246
% Asian: 6.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,155
Percent Change Since 2010: 208.82%
More on Clive: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clive, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 66,724
% Asian: 6.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,350
Percent Change Since 2010: 60.64%
More on West Des Moines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Des Moines, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 215,408
% Asian: 6.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,888
Percent Change Since 2010: 59.74%
More on Des Moines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Des Moines, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 36,214
% Asian: 5.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,104
Percent Change Since 2010: 223.2%
More on Bettendorf: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bettendorf, IA

Source: Public domain

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Asian Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 76 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 16.6% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Storm Lake took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Winterset was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

Summary: Asian Populations Across Iowa

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Iowa:

  1. Winterset
  2. Independence
  3. Manchester

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Iowa

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Storm Lake 16.63% 10,508
2 Fairfield 14.91% 10,327
3 Ames 11.42% 66,361
4 Coralville 10.19% 21,630
5 Iowa City 7.29% 75,849
6 Johnston 6.96% 22,077
7 Clive 6.7% 17,246
8 West Des Moines 6.52% 66,724
9 Des Moines 6.45% 215,408
10 Bettendorf 5.81% 36,214
11 Mount Pleasant 5.47% 8,574
12 North Liberty 5.28% 19,159
13 Pleasant Hill 5.0% 9,959
14 Waukee 4.93% 22,598
15 Urbandale 4.91% 43,879
16 Cedar Falls 4.77% 40,750
17 Marshalltown 4.57% 26,957
18 Grinnell 4.49% 9,069
19 Denison 4.4% 8,319
20 Webster City 4.33% 7,699
21 Grimes 3.74% 13,746
22 Anamosa 3.28% 5,484
23 Clear Lake 3.09% 7,594
24 Sioux City 3.09% 82,535
25 Cedar Rapids 2.96% 133,125
26 Charles City 2.83% 7,351
27 Creston 2.61% 7,754
28 Davenport 2.52% 102,199
29 Pella 2.4% 10,279
30 Ankeny 2.33% 64,744
31 Clarinda 2.33% 5,371
32 Waterloo 2.32% 67,671
33 Oskaloosa 2.27% 11,727
34 Decorah 2.18% 7,615
35 Waverly 2.15% 10,172
36 Fort Dodge 1.88% 24,168
37 Ottumwa 1.67% 24,505
38 Sheldon 1.66% 5,178
39 Keokuk 1.49% 10,225
40 Dubuque 1.46% 58,052
41 Indianola 1.41% 15,921
42 Orange City 1.4% 6,158
43 Marion 1.35% 39,910
44 Hiawatha 1.26% 7,395
45 Council Bluffs 1.12% 62,376
46 Burlington 1.09% 24,858
47 Washington 1.04% 7,318
48 Muscatine 0.96% 23,661
49 Spencer 0.95% 11,038
50 Sioux Center 0.9% 7,592
51 Le Mars 0.87% 10,012
52 Mason City 0.86% 27,064
53 Clinton 0.84% 25,290
54 Altoona 0.79% 18,917
55 Nevada 0.59% 6,737
56 Norwalk 0.51% 11,467
57 Atlantic 0.5% 6,600
58 Vinton 0.43% 5,075
59 Carroll 0.43% 9,823
60 Algona 0.41% 5,415
61 Eldridge 0.36% 6,678
62 Maquoketa 0.33% 5,990
63 Estherville 0.31% 5,729
64 Perry 0.23% 7,660
65 Centerville 0.22% 5,433
66 Boone 0.21% 12,470
67 Newton 0.16% 15,160
68 Glenwood 0.08% 5,325
69 Fort Madison 0.04% 10,407
70 Knoxville 0.03% 7,154
71 Iowa Falls 0.0% 5,067
72 Red Oak 0.0% 5,323
73 Oelwein 0.0% 5,896
74 Manchester 0.0% 5,011
75 Independence 0.0% 6,085
76 Winterset 0.0% 5,309

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Iowa with the largest Asian population.

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