These Are The 10 Iowa Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


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 100,660 – at 3.2% 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 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 2018:

  1. Waterloo (Photos)
  2. Coralville (Photos)
  3. Davenport (Photos)
  4. Hiawatha (Photos)
  5. Des Moines (Photos)
  6. Fairfield (Photos)
  7. Burlington (Photos)
  8. Anamosa (Photos)
  9. Iowa City (Photos)
  10. Fort Dodge (Photos)

Waterloo took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Iowa for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Iowa With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 80 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 15.6% 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 Norwalk was the least African American city.

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.

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1. Waterloo

Waterloo, Iowa

Source: Public domain

Population: 68,357
% African American: 15.64%
# Of African American Residents: 10,689
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.27%

2. Coralville

Coralville, Iowa

Population: 20,078
% African American: 11.31%
# Of African American Residents: 2,270
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.44%

3. Davenport

Davenport, Iowa

Population: 102,305
% African American: 11.3%
# Of African American Residents: 11,561
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.54%

4. Hiawatha

Hiawatha, Iowa

Population: 7,160
% African American: 11.19%
# Of African American Residents: 801
Percent Change Since 2010: 139.1%

5. Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa

Population: 212,859
% African American: 10.74%
# Of African American Residents: 22,851
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.04%

6. Fairfield

Fairfield, Iowa

Population: 9,942
% African American: 10.03%
# Of African American Residents: 997
Percent Change Since 2010: 519.25%

7. Burlington

Burlington, Iowa

Population: 25,492
% African American: 7.96%
# Of African American Residents: 2,030
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.67%

8. Anamosa

Anamosa, Iowa

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,459
% African American: 7.07%
# Of African American Residents: 386
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.04%

9. Iowa City

Iowa City, Iowa

Population: 72,385
% African American: 6.99%
# Of African American Residents: 5,063
Percent Change Since 2010: 76.1%

10. Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge, Iowa

Population: 24,626
% African American: 6.11%
# Of African American Residents: 1,505
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.02%

There You Have It – 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. Norwalk
  2. Red Oak
  3. De Witt

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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Iowa

City Rank Population % African American
Waterloo 1 68,357 15.64%
Coralville 2 20,078 11.31%
Davenport 3 102,305 11.3%
Hiawatha 4 7,160 11.19%
Des Moines 5 212,859 10.74%
Fairfield 6 9,942 10.03%
Burlington 7 25,492 7.96%
Anamosa 8 5,459 7.07%
Iowa City 9 72,385 6.99%
Fort Dodge 10 24,626 6.11%
Cedar Rapids 11 129,537 5.98%
Clarinda 12 5,431 5.63%
North Liberty 13 16,984 5.62%
Keokuk 14 10,628 4.97%
Clinton 15 26,148 4.78%
Storm Lake 16 10,768 4.58%
Mount Pleasant 17 8,491 4.4%
Dubuque 18 58,535 4.07%
Urbandale 19 41,578 3.7%
West Des Moines 20 61,624 3.63%
Sioux City 21 82,666 3.61%
Bettendorf 22 35,048 3.4%
Pleasant Hill 23 9,406 3.32%
Charles City 24 7,496 3.3%
Ottumwa 25 24,709 3.12%
Fort Madison 26 10,769 3.1%
Grinnell 27 9,112 3.01%
Muscatine 28 23,909 2.95%
Ames 29 64,073 2.92%
Eldridge 30 6,122 2.78%
Carroll 31 9,990 2.69%
Denison 32 8,326 2.43%
Waverly 33 10,049 2.32%
Cedar Falls 34 40,828 2.3%
Perry 35 7,876 2.17%
Marion 36 37,198 2.11%
Clive 37 17,022 2.1%
Boone 38 12,609 2.08%
Council Bluffs 39 62,326 1.95%
Estherville 40 6,027 1.91%
Decorah 41 7,985 1.9%
Mason City 42 27,546 1.9%
Oskaloosa 43 11,538 1.89%
Johnston 44 19,491 1.74%
Washington 45 7,368 1.7%
Newton 46 15,090 1.56%
Creston 47 7,877 1.55%
Iowa Falls 48 5,176 1.53%
Marshalltown 49 27,637 1.52%
Shenandoah 50 5,030 1.45%
Waukee 51 16,955 1.33%
Glenwood 52 5,233 1.3%
Cherokee 53 5,113 1.25%
Ankeny 54 53,413 1.21%
Centerville 55 5,404 1.0%
Harlan 56 5,008 0.94%
Pella 57 10,280 0.89%
Le Mars 58 9,826 0.89%
Independence 59 6,005 0.82%
Clear Lake 60 7,644 0.76%
Altoona 61 16,692 0.73%
Orange City 62 6,153 0.65%
Webster City 63 7,825 0.59%
Sioux Center 64 7,370 0.56%
Indianola 65 15,343 0.55%
Knoxville 66 7,236 0.53%
Vinton 67 5,166 0.48%
Manchester 68 5,083 0.47%
Nevada 69 6,796 0.47%
Spencer 70 11,172 0.42%
Sheldon 71 5,015 0.42%
Maquoketa 72 6,025 0.41%
Atlantic 73 6,817 0.31%
Oelwein 74 6,195 0.31%
Algona 75 5,496 0.11%
Winterset 76 5,158 0.02%
Grimes 77 10,422 0.02%
De Witt 78 5,264 0.02%
Red Oak 79 5,547 0.0%
Norwalk 80 9,944 0.0%

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