The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Iowa have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Iowa is 114,312 - at 3.6% of the total population of Iowa.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Iowa? Which cities and towns in Iowa have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Iowa with the largest African American population in 2022:

  1. Waterloo
  2. Coralville
  3. Des Moines
  4. Davenport
  5. Hiawatha
  6. Iowa City
  7. Burlington
  8. Cedar Rapids
  9. Anamosa
  10. Fort Dodge

What's the blackest city in Iowa? Waterloo took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Iowa for 2022. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

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

The 10 Blackest Cities In Iowa For 2022

1. Waterloo

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 67,671
% African American: 17.21%
# Of African American Residents: 11,647
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.7%
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Waterloo, IA

2. Coralville

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8.5
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Population: 21,630
% African American: 15.68%
# Of African American Residents: 3,391
Percent Change Since 2010: 96.35%
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Coralville, IA

3. Des Moines

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5
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Population: 215,408
% African American: 11.04%
# Of African American Residents: 23,782
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.85%
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Des Moines, IA

Source: Public domain

4. Davenport

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6
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Population: 102,199
% African American: 10.86%
# Of African American Residents: 11,099
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.01%
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Davenport, IA

5. Hiawatha

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7
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Population: 7,395
% African American: 10.79%
# Of African American Residents: 798
Percent Change Since 2010: 138.21%
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Hiawatha, IA

6. Iowa City

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8
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Population: 75,849
% African American: 8.51%
# Of African American Residents: 6,454
Percent Change Since 2010: 124.49%
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Iowa City, IA

7. Burlington

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6
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Population: 24,858
% African American: 8.25%
# Of African American Residents: 2,052
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.93%
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Burlington, IA

8. Cedar Rapids

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 133,125
% African American: 7.96%
# Of African American Residents: 10,592
Percent Change Since 2010: 59.86%
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Cedar Rapids, IA

Source: Public domain

9. Anamosa

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,484
% African American: 6.24%
# Of African American Residents: 342
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.59%
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Anamosa, IA

Source: Wikipedia

10. Fort Dodge

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 24,168
% African American: 6.11%
# Of African American Residents: 1,477
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.07%
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Fort Dodge, IA

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Black 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 Black or African American.

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 Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 17.2% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Waterloo took the distinction of being the most Black, while Grimes was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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

Summary: Black Populations Across Iowa

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

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

  1. Grimes
  2. Manchester
  3. Red Oak

For more Iowa reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Iowa

Rank City % African American Population
1 Waterloo 17.21% 67,671
2 Coralville 15.68% 21,630
3 Des Moines 11.04% 215,408
4 Davenport 10.86% 102,199
5 Hiawatha 10.79% 7,395
6 Iowa City 8.51% 75,849
7 Burlington 8.25% 24,858
8 Cedar Rapids 7.96% 133,125
9 Anamosa 6.24% 5,484
10 Fort Dodge 6.11% 24,168
11 Pleasant Hill 5.7% 9,959
12 Denison 5.69% 8,319
13 Perry 5.21% 7,660
14 Clinton 5.09% 25,290
15 North Liberty 5.08% 19,159
16 Ottumwa 4.92% 24,505
17 Johnston 4.88% 22,077
18 Mount Pleasant 4.79% 8,574
19 Keokuk 4.79% 10,225
20 Dubuque 4.2% 58,052
21 Sioux City 4.19% 82,535
22 Fort Madison 4.07% 10,407
23 Altoona 3.97% 18,917
24 Urbandale 3.96% 43,879
25 Clarinda 3.95% 5,371
26 West Des Moines 3.94% 66,724
27 Muscatine 3.9% 23,661
28 Fairfield 3.7% 10,327
29 Storm Lake 3.46% 10,508
30 Clive 3.29% 17,246
31 Ames 3.01% 66,361
32 Charles City 2.83% 7,351
33 Le Mars 2.7% 10,012
34 Mason City 2.65% 27,064
35 Estherville 2.58% 5,729
36 Waukee 2.55% 22,598
37 Grinnell 2.53% 9,069
38 Oskaloosa 2.5% 11,727
39 Bettendorf 2.49% 36,214
40 Council Bluffs 2.31% 62,376
41 Waverly 2.1% 10,172
42 Webster City 2.05% 7,699
43 Newton 1.92% 15,160
44 Maquoketa 1.87% 5,990
45 Oelwein 1.76% 5,896
46 Algona 1.74% 5,415
47 Cedar Falls 1.72% 40,750
48 Marion 1.66% 39,910
49 Washington 1.57% 7,318
50 Norwalk 1.51% 11,467
51 Ankeny 1.43% 64,744
52 Decorah 1.42% 7,615
53 Winterset 1.41% 5,309
54 Iowa Falls 1.36% 5,067
55 Boone 1.29% 12,470
56 Marshalltown 1.24% 26,957
57 Atlantic 1.2% 6,600
58 Centerville 1.14% 5,433
59 Pella 1.12% 10,279
60 Sheldon 1.04% 5,178
61 Carroll 1.04% 9,823
62 Sioux Center 0.71% 7,592
63 Vinton 0.61% 5,075
64 Indianola 0.5% 15,921
65 Eldridge 0.48% 6,678
66 Orange City 0.44% 6,158
67 Nevada 0.42% 6,737
68 Knoxville 0.39% 7,154
69 Creston 0.27% 7,754
70 Clear Lake 0.24% 7,594
71 Independence 0.13% 6,085
72 Spencer 0.09% 11,038
73 Glenwood 0.06% 5,325
74 Red Oak 0.0% 5,323
75 Manchester 0.0% 5,011
76 Grimes 0.0% 13,746

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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 African American population.

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