The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2022


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

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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 Native American population.

There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:

  1. White
  2. Hispanic
  3. African American

But those are only the major races, there's a whole bunch of other races people are interested in knowing about.

And today, we are going to look at the percent of the population in Iowa that are Native American.

Native Americans are not a major portion of the current American Population, but they are still very important.

There are now over 2 million people who identify as Native American living in America, making up .65% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Native American population in Iowa is 8,055 - at 0.3% of the total population of Iowa.

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

The 10 Cities In Iowa With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

  1. Sioux City
  2. Charles City
  3. Le Mars
  4. Vinton
  5. Winterset
  6. Anamosa
  7. Council Bluffs
  8. Red Oak
  9. Clarinda
  10. Pleasant Hill

Which city in Iowa had the largest Native American population?

Sioux City took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Iowa for 2022. 1.72% of Sioux City identify as Native American.

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

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Cities In Iowa With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Sioux City, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 82,535
% Native American: 1.72%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,420
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.67%
More on Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Charles City, IA

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7
/10

Population: 7,351
% Native American: 1.07%
# Of Native American Residents: 79
Percent Change Since 2010: 690.0%
More on Charles City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Le Mars, IA

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8
/10

Population: 10,012
% Native American: 0.76%
# Of Native American Residents: 76
Percent Change Since 2010: 744.44%
More on Le Mars: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vinton, IA

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5
/10

Population: 5,075
% Native American: 0.61%
# Of Native American Residents: 31
Percent Change Since 2010: 342.86%
More on Vinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winterset, IA

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5
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Population: 5,309
% Native American: 0.57%
# Of Native American Residents: 30
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Winterset: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Anamosa, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,484
% Native American: 0.53%
# Of Native American Residents: 29
Percent Change Since 2010: -32.56%
More on Anamosa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Council Bluffs, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 62,376
% Native American: 0.49%
# Of Native American Residents: 305
Percent Change Since 2010: 96.77%
More on Council Bluffs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Red Oak, IA

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5
/10

Population: 5,323
% Native American: 0.47%
# Of Native American Residents: 25
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Red Oak: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarinda, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,371
% Native American: 0.41%
# Of Native American Residents: 22
Percent Change Since 2010: -69.44%
More on Clarinda: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pleasant Hill, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,959
% Native American: 0.4%
# Of Native American Residents: 40
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Pleasant Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Native American 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 American Indian and Alaska Native alone.

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

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 1.72% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of American Indian and Alaska Native population with a higher score being more American Indian and Alaska Native than a lower score. Sioux City took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Algona was the least Native American city.

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

Summary: Native American Populations Across Iowa

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

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

  1. Algona
  2. Glenwood
  3. Grinnell

For more Iowa reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Iowa?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Sioux City 1.72% 82,535
2 Charles City 1.07% 7,351
3 Le Mars 0.76% 10,012
4 Vinton 0.61% 5,075
5 Winterset 0.57% 5,309
6 Anamosa 0.53% 5,484
7 Council Bluffs 0.49% 62,376
8 Red Oak 0.47% 5,323
9 Clarinda 0.41% 5,371
10 Pleasant Hill 0.4% 9,959
11 Waterloo 0.39% 67,671
12 Mount Pleasant 0.38% 8,574
13 Washington 0.34% 7,318
14 Davenport 0.33% 102,199
15 Waverly 0.32% 10,172
16 Clinton 0.32% 25,290
17 Atlantic 0.32% 6,600
18 Mason City 0.32% 27,064
19 Fort Dodge 0.31% 24,168
20 Coralville 0.28% 21,630
21 Dubuque 0.27% 58,052
22 Knoxville 0.27% 7,154
23 Manchester 0.22% 5,011
24 Estherville 0.21% 5,729
25 Grimes 0.2% 13,746
26 Urbandale 0.2% 43,879
27 Clear Lake 0.2% 7,594
28 Iowa Falls 0.2% 5,067
29 Newton 0.18% 15,160
30 Independence 0.18% 6,085
31 Pella 0.18% 10,279
32 Des Moines 0.17% 215,408
33 Burlington 0.16% 24,858
34 Cedar Rapids 0.15% 133,125
35 Ames 0.15% 66,361
36 Cedar Falls 0.15% 40,750
37 Iowa City 0.15% 75,849
38 Keokuk 0.14% 10,225
39 Oskaloosa 0.14% 11,727
40 Ankeny 0.13% 64,744
41 Fort Madison 0.12% 10,407
42 Muscatine 0.12% 23,661
43 West Des Moines 0.12% 66,724
44 Ottumwa 0.09% 24,505
45 Altoona 0.08% 18,917
46 Oelwein 0.07% 5,896
47 Storm Lake 0.07% 10,508
48 Sioux Center 0.07% 7,592
49 Perry 0.05% 7,660
50 Decorah 0.04% 7,615
51 Johnston 0.04% 22,077
52 Bettendorf 0.03% 36,214
53 Spencer 0.03% 11,038
54 Maquoketa 0.02% 5,990
55 Clive 0.01% 17,246
56 Carroll 0.0% 9,823
57 Sheldon 0.0% 5,178
58 Boone 0.0% 12,470
59 Waukee 0.0% 22,598
60 Webster City 0.0% 7,699
61 Fairfield 0.0% 10,327
62 North Liberty 0.0% 19,159
63 Orange City 0.0% 6,158
64 Norwalk 0.0% 11,467
65 Eldridge 0.0% 6,678
66 Nevada 0.0% 6,737
67 Centerville 0.0% 5,433
68 Marshalltown 0.0% 26,957
69 Marion 0.0% 39,910
70 Creston 0.0% 7,754
71 Denison 0.0% 8,319
72 Indianola 0.0% 15,921
73 Hiawatha 0.0% 7,395
74 Grinnell 0.0% 9,069
75 Glenwood 0.0% 5,325
76 Algona 0.0% 5,415

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