U.S. Census Bureau Releases Population Estimates for Cities and Towns

May 27, 2022

Populations of cities and towns in the South and West regions of the United States still experienced the most growth from July 2020 to July 2021, with the top 15 fastest-growing cities or towns located in these regions, according to new population estimates for cities and towns, released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large cities or towns by percent change were in the West — with five in Arizona — and seven in the South. The South and West also contained the top 15 cities with the largest numeric gains — 11 in the South and four in the West.

In Iowa, 4 of the 5 fastest growing cities were a part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. The fastest growing city during this time period was Tiffin, which is part of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area. This continues the trend in the state over the last couple decades with areas near or adjacent to metropolitan areas experiencing most of the population gains. However, it is also important to note that 4 of the 5 largest cities in the state did see slight population loss during this same timeframe.

Also included in this release are annual housing unit estimates for the Nation, all 50 states, and all 99 counties in Iowa. The new Iowa population estimates and rankings are available at the link below. The U.S. Census Bureau will next release state and county estimates on age, sex, race and Hispanic origin in June 2022.

Iowa Population Estimates & Ranking