The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2022


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in Iowa that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2022.

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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That's the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted Iowa? Where cities and towns in Iowa have seen the greatest increase in it's Hispanic population?

Turns out there's been a 42.0% increase in the Hispanic population in Iowa.

The 10 Cities In Iowa With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2022

  1. Denison
  2. Storm Lake
  3. Perry
  4. Marshalltown
  5. Sioux City
  6. Muscatine
  7. Ottumwa
  8. Des Moines
  9. Estherville
  10. Sioux Center

What's the city in Iowa with the largest hispanic/latino population? Denison took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Iowa for 2022.

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 Hispanic, check out the best places to live in Iowa or the safest places in Iowa.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,319
% Hispanic/Latino: 48.73%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,054
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.44%
More on Denison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Denison, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 10,508
% Hispanic/Latino: 39.85%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,187
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.52%
More on Storm Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Storm Lake, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 7,660
% Hispanic/Latino: 32.22%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,468
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.29%
More on Perry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Perry, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 26,957
% Hispanic/Latino: 30.97%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 8,348
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.36%
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Marshalltown, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 82,535
% Hispanic/Latino: 20.27%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 16,731
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.32%
More on Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sioux City, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 23,661
% Hispanic/Latino: 18.49%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,374
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.94%
More on Muscatine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Muscatine, IA

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 24,505
% Hispanic/Latino: 14.83%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,634
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.6%
More on Ottumwa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ottumwa, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 215,408
% Hispanic/Latino: 13.98%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 30,105
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.81%
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Des Moines, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,729
% Hispanic/Latino: 13.27%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 760
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.6%
More on Estherville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Estherville, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,592
% Hispanic/Latino: 11.96%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 908
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.09%
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Sioux Center, IA

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Hispanic 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 Hispanic or Latino.

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 Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 48.7% to 0.6%.

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

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

Summary: Hispanic or Latino Populations Across Iowa

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Hispanic or Latino places in Iowa:

  1. Winterset
  2. Manchester
  3. Maquoketa

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Iowa

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Denison 48.73% 8,319
2 Storm Lake 39.85% 10,508
3 Perry 32.22% 7,660
4 Marshalltown 30.97% 26,957
5 Sioux City 20.27% 82,535
6 Muscatine 18.49% 23,661
7 Ottumwa 14.83% 24,505
8 Des Moines 13.98% 215,408
9 Estherville 13.27% 5,729
10 Sioux Center 11.96% 7,592
11 Webster City 10.55% 7,699
12 Council Bluffs 10.36% 62,376
13 Eldridge 10.05% 6,678
14 Washington 9.24% 7,318
15 Davenport 8.91% 102,199
16 Mount Pleasant 8.19% 8,574
17 Fort Dodge 7.23% 24,168
18 Sheldon 7.07% 5,178
19 Waterloo 7.06% 67,671
20 Le Mars 7.01% 10,012
21 Charles City 6.87% 7,351
22 Nevada 6.46% 6,737
23 Iowa City 6.42% 75,849
24 Mason City 6.21% 27,064
25 Fort Madison 6.14% 10,407
26 West Des Moines 6.05% 66,724
27 North Liberty 5.75% 19,159
28 Iowa Falls 5.68% 5,067
29 Clive 5.6% 17,246
30 Urbandale 5.21% 43,879
31 Red Oak 5.15% 5,323
32 Algona 4.88% 5,415
33 Coralville 4.83% 21,630
34 Fairfield 4.76% 10,327
35 Keokuk 4.71% 10,225
36 Clarinda 4.47% 5,371
37 Bettendorf 4.44% 36,214
38 Boone 4.42% 12,470
39 Waukee 4.38% 22,598
40 Grimes 4.35% 13,746
41 Pleasant Hill 4.18% 9,959
42 Burlington 4.17% 24,858
43 Independence 4.12% 6,085
44 Cedar Rapids 4.1% 133,125
45 Spencer 4.09% 11,038
46 Altoona 4.07% 18,917
47 Glenwood 4.02% 5,325
48 Clear Lake 3.94% 7,594
49 Ames 3.89% 66,361
50 Clinton 3.82% 25,290
51 Orange City 3.78% 6,158
52 Atlantic 3.76% 6,600
53 Anamosa 3.61% 5,484
54 Oskaloosa 3.54% 11,727
55 Newton 3.45% 15,160
56 Grinnell 3.35% 9,069
57 Marion 3.32% 39,910
58 Johnston 3.25% 22,077
59 Carroll 3.22% 9,823
60 Hiawatha 2.93% 7,395
61 Vinton 2.88% 5,075
62 Centerville 2.82% 5,433
63 Decorah 2.77% 7,615
64 Ankeny 2.76% 64,744
65 Creston 2.59% 7,754
66 Cedar Falls 2.59% 40,750
67 Indianola 2.41% 15,921
68 Knoxville 2.33% 7,154
69 Oelwein 2.27% 5,896
70 Dubuque 2.2% 58,052
71 Waverly 2.17% 10,172
72 Pella 1.95% 10,279
73 Norwalk 1.94% 11,467
74 Maquoketa 1.7% 5,990
75 Manchester 1.38% 5,011
76 Winterset 0.6% 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 Hispanic/Latino population.

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