State Data Center Announces 2019 Population Highlights for Iowa Cities

Benton and area counties show declines; growth shown in Atkins and Urbana

DES MOINES–The State Data Center at the State Library of Iowa has released estimates for populations of Iowa cities in 2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau. These estimates will be last look at Iowa’s population totals before the release of the 2020 Census. Characteristics of the population looking at age, sex, race and Hispanic origin will be released for Iowa and all 99 counties later this year. Read the population highlights below and find the full city population data on the State Data Center’s website.

City Population Quick Facts

  • Panorama Park (population 319), in Scott County, was the fastest growing city in Iowa at 147.3 percent growth since 2010. Next fastest growing cities:
    • Tiffin – 4,157 population, 113.5 percent growth
    • Bondurant – 6,958 population, 80.0 percent growth
    • Grimes – 14,804 population, 79.3 percent growth
  • The fastest growing cities in Iowa since 2010 with a population greater than 20,000 include:
    • Waukee – 24,089 population, 74.4 percent growth
    • Ankeny – 67,355 population, 47.7 percent growth
    • Johnston – 22,582 population, 30.7 percent growth
    • West Des Moines – 67,899 population, 19.7 percent growth
  • Ankeny has seen the largest numeric increase in population since 2010, increasing by 21,747 people, followed by West Des Moines with 11,192 people, Waukee with 10,280 people and Des Moines with 10,017 people. The population growth in these four cities, all part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area, account for 49. 2 percent of the state’s total population growth since 2010.
  • Since 2010, 213 cities have gained population, 712 have lost population, and 18 have had no change.
  • Only 43 (or 4.6 percent) of Iowa’s 943 incorporated cities have a population of more than 10,000 people, but account for over half (51.7 percent) of Iowa’s total population of 3,155,070 in 2019.

Explore the city population data in its entirety on the State Data Center’s website.

These new estimates from the Census Bureau are based on administrative data for births and deaths and estimates of migration since the 2010 census. Caution is urged in making year-to-year comparisons of population estimates. When the Census Bureau releases new estimates for the current year it also revises estimates for previous years in the decade.

Benton County

  • July 1, 2019: 25,645
  • Rank: 24th
  • Change since 2010: -424
  • Percent change: -1.6 percent

Iowa County

  • July 1, 2019: 16,184
  • Rank: 47th
  • Change since 2010: -172
  • Percent change: -1.1 percent

Poweshiek County

  • July 1, 2019: 18,504
  • Rank: 38th
  • Change since 2010: -411
  • Percent change: -2.2 percent

Tama County

  • July 1, 2019: 16,854
  • Rank: 43rd
  • Change since 2010: -913
  • Percent change: -5.1 percent

Benton County Cities

Atkins

  • July 1, 2019: 1,970
  • 2010 Census: 1,670
  • Change since 2010: 300
  • Percent change: 17.9 percent

Belle Plaine

  • July 1, 2019: 2,440
  • 2010 Census: 2,534
  • Change since 2010: -94
  • Percent change: -3.7 percent

Blairstown

  • July 1, 2019: 659
  • 2010 Census: 692
  • Change since 2010: -33
  • Percent change: -4.7 percent

Garrison

  • July 1, 2019: 360
  • 2010 Census: 371
  • Change since 2010: -11
  • Percent change: -2.9 percent

Keystone

  • July 1, 2019: 612
  • 2010 Census: 622
  • Change since 2010: -10
  • Percent change: -1.6 percent

Luzerne

  • July 1, 2019: 93
  • 2010 Census: 96
  • Change since 2010: -3
  • Percent change: -3.1 percent

Mount Auburn

  • July 1, 2019: 144
  • 2010 Census: 150
  • Change since 2010: -6
  • Percent change: -4 percent

Newhall

  • July 1, 2019: 858
  • 2010 Census: 875
  • Change since 2010: -17
  • Percent change: -1.9 percent

Norway

  • July 1, 2019: 528
  • 2010 Census: 545
  • Change since 2010: -17
  • Percent change: -3.1 percent

Shellsburg

  • July 1, 2019: 972
  • 2010 Census: 983
  • Change since 2010: -11
  • Percent change: -1.1 percent

Urbana

  • July 1, 2019: 1,494
  • 2010 Census: 1,458
  • Change since 2010: 36
  • Percent change: 2.4 percent

Van Horne

  • July 1, 2019: 656
  • 2010 Census: 682
  • Change since 2010: -26
  • Percent change: -3.8 percent

Vinton

  • July 1, 2019: 5,075
  • 2010 Census: 5,257
  • Change since 2010: -182
  • Percent change: -3.4 percent

Walford (partial)

  • July 1, 2019: 1,050
  • 2010 Census: 1,081
  • Change since 2010: -31
  • Percent change: -2.8 percent

Balance of Benton County

  • July 1, 2019: 8,734
  • 2010 Census: 9,060
  • Change since 2010: -326
  • Percent change: -3.6 percent

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