The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Iowa with the largest Asian population.

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 75,326 - at 2.4% 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 2021:

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

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 2021. 17.99% 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 2021

Storm Lake, IA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,558
% Asian: 17.99%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,899
Percent Change Since 2010: 171.67%
More on Storm Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ames, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 66,023
% Asian: 11.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,498
Percent Change Since 2010: 49.45%
More on Ames: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coralville, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,103
% Asian: 11.05%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,332
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.3%
More on Coralville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Des Moines, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 65,606
% Asian: 7.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,945
Percent Change Since 2010: 82.61%
More on West Des Moines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clive, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,167
% Asian: 7.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,274
Percent Change Since 2010: 240.64%
More on Clive: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Iowa City, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 74,950
% Asian: 7.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,476
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.58%
More on Iowa City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Des Moines, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 215,636
% Asian: 6.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,229
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.16%
More on Des Moines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairfield, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,290
% Asian: 6.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 629
Percent Change Since 2010: -37.6%
More on Fairfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bettendorf, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 35,919
% Asian: 6.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,193
Percent Change Since 2010: 236.87%
More on Bettendorf: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Webster City, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,732
% Asian: 5.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 429
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.18%
More on Webster City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 18.0% 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 Iowa Falls 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.

There You Have It - 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. Iowa Falls
  2. Independence
  3. Manchester

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Iowa

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Storm Lake 17.99% 10,558
2 Ames 11.36% 66,023
3 Coralville 11.05% 21,103
4 West Des Moines 7.54% 65,606
5 Clive 7.42% 17,167
6 Iowa City 7.31% 74,950
7 Des Moines 6.13% 215,636
8 Fairfield 6.11% 10,290
9 Bettendorf 6.11% 35,919
10 Webster City 5.55% 7,732
11 Pleasant Hill 5.28% 9,871
12 Marshalltown 5.16% 27,053
13 Mount Pleasant 5.01% 8,581
14 Urbandale 4.49% 43,441
15 Johnston 4.36% 21,406
16 Grinnell 4.17% 9,031
17 Denison 4.01% 8,337
18 Cedar Falls 3.91% 40,983
19 North Liberty 3.84% 18,829
20 Winterset 3.48% 5,260
21 Clear Lake 3.46% 7,597
22 Sioux City 3.44% 82,531
23 Anamosa 3.32% 5,476
24 Waukee 3.18% 20,785
25 Pella 2.97% 10,231
26 Cedar Rapids 2.94% 132,301
27 Oskaloosa 2.78% 11,511
28 Charles City 2.64% 7,396
29 Ankeny 2.4% 61,938
30 Davenport 2.3% 102,169
31 Waverly 2.24% 10,094
32 Waterloo 2.19% 67,912
33 Creston 2.18% 7,784
34 Clarinda 2.15% 5,388
35 Sheldon 2.05% 5,128
36 Fort Dodge 1.92% 24,278
37 Grimes 1.57% 12,839
38 Keokuk 1.54% 10,324
39 Ottumwa 1.47% 24,545
40 Orange City 1.47% 6,127
41 Decorah 1.43% 7,701
42 Washington 1.37% 7,313
43 Dubuque 1.34% 58,196
44 Sioux Center 1.3% 7,534
45 Hiawatha 1.3% 7,333
46 Marion 1.26% 39,328
47 Council Bluffs 1.02% 62,355
48 Centerville 0.97% 5,458
49 Indianola 0.93% 15,802
50 Spencer 0.89% 11,052
51 Le Mars 0.86% 9,941
52 Muscatine 0.71% 23,774
53 Mason City 0.71% 27,200
54 Clinton 0.62% 25,416
55 Burlington 0.62% 24,974
56 Altoona 0.61% 18,458
57 Vinton 0.57% 5,103
58 Knoxville 0.54% 7,192
59 Newton 0.52% 15,164
60 Nevada 0.5% 6,754
61 Atlantic 0.43% 6,669
62 Eldridge 0.43% 6,529
63 Norwalk 0.38% 10,978
64 Estherville 0.36% 5,796
65 Maquoketa 0.3% 6,010
66 Algona 0.24% 5,447
67 Boone 0.21% 12,487
68 Perry 0.16% 7,599
69 Carroll 0.14% 9,904
70 Glenwood 0.09% 5,326
71 Fort Madison 0.03% 10,513
72 Red Oak 0.0% 5,362
73 Oelwein 0.0% 5,979
74 Manchester 0.0% 5,019
75 Independence 0.0% 6,056
76 Iowa Falls 0.0% 5,122

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