The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2021


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in Iowa that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2021.

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

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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 37.5% increase in the Hispanic population in Iowa.

The 10 Cities In Iowa With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2021

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

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 2021.

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.

Denison, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,337
% Hispanic/Latino: 48.83%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,071
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.98%
More on Denison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Storm Lake, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,558
% Hispanic/Latino: 37.09%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,916
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.72%
More on Storm Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Perry, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,599
% Hispanic/Latino: 34.93%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,654
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.6%
More on Perry: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marshalltown, IA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 27,053
% Hispanic/Latino: 30.73%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 8,313
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.76%
More on Marshalltown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Muscatine, IA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,774
% Hispanic/Latino: 20.28%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,822
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.43%
More on Muscatine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sioux City, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 82,531
% Hispanic/Latino: 19.64%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 16,206
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.11%
More on Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sioux Center, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,534
% Hispanic/Latino: 15.12%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 1,139
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.79%
More on Sioux Center: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ottumwa, IA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 24,545
% Hispanic/Latino: 14.64%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,594
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.07%
More on Ottumwa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Estherville, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,796
% Hispanic/Latino: 13.92%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 807
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.12%
More on Estherville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Des Moines, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 215,636
% Hispanic/Latino: 13.55%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 29,223
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.89%
More on Des Moines: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Hispanic 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 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 48.8% to 0.5%.

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.

There You Have It - 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. Pella
  3. Manchester

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Iowa

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Denison 48.83% 8,337
2 Storm Lake 37.09% 10,558
3 Perry 34.93% 7,599
4 Marshalltown 30.73% 27,053
5 Muscatine 20.28% 23,774
6 Sioux City 19.64% 82,531
7 Sioux Center 15.12% 7,534
8 Ottumwa 14.64% 24,545
9 Estherville 13.92% 5,796
10 Des Moines 13.55% 215,636
11 Council Bluffs 10.23% 62,355
12 Webster City 9.96% 7,732
13 Washington 9.26% 7,313
14 Davenport 8.73% 102,169
15 Sheldon 8.72% 5,128
16 Eldridge 8.44% 6,529
17 Mount Pleasant 7.17% 8,581
18 Grimes 7.02% 12,839
19 Pleasant Hill 6.94% 9,871
20 Waterloo 6.87% 67,912
21 Coralville 6.87% 21,103
22 Fort Madison 6.68% 10,513
23 Le Mars 6.42% 9,941
24 Mason City 6.27% 27,200
25 Fort Dodge 6.22% 24,278
26 Red Oak 6.1% 5,362
27 Orange City 6.09% 6,127
28 West Des Moines 5.97% 65,606
29 Iowa City 5.81% 74,950
30 Charles City 5.6% 7,396
31 Waukee 5.44% 20,785
32 Iowa Falls 5.15% 5,122
33 North Liberty 4.41% 18,829
34 Anamosa 4.38% 5,476
35 Clive 4.36% 17,167
36 Boone 4.32% 12,487
37 Creston 4.25% 7,784
38 Independence 4.18% 6,056
39 Bettendorf 4.14% 35,919
40 Carroll 4.03% 9,904
41 Cedar Rapids 3.98% 132,301
42 Burlington 3.96% 24,974
43 Glenwood 3.94% 5,326
44 Ames 3.94% 66,023
45 Clarinda 3.9% 5,388
46 Nevada 3.82% 6,754
47 Atlantic 3.72% 6,669
48 Urbandale 3.7% 43,441
49 Hiawatha 3.48% 7,333
50 Altoona 3.43% 18,458
51 Fairfield 3.41% 10,290
52 Clinton 3.38% 25,416
53 Keokuk 3.36% 10,324
54 Grinnell 3.33% 9,031
55 Oelwein 3.33% 5,979
56 Clear Lake 3.22% 7,597
57 Knoxville 3.1% 7,192
58 Spencer 2.99% 11,052
59 Oskaloosa 2.99% 11,511
60 Newton 2.87% 15,164
61 Algona 2.86% 5,447
62 Ankeny 2.79% 61,938
63 Dubuque 2.63% 58,196
64 Marion 2.54% 39,328
65 Decorah 2.42% 7,701
66 Cedar Falls 2.39% 40,983
67 Johnston 2.3% 21,406
68 Vinton 2.29% 5,103
69 Norwalk 2.2% 10,978
70 Indianola 2.19% 15,802
71 Centerville 1.83% 5,458
72 Waverly 1.68% 10,094
73 Maquoketa 1.66% 6,010
74 Manchester 1.49% 5,019
75 Pella 1.3% 10,231
76 Winterset 0.46% 5,260

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