Cities in Polk County, Iowa by Population (2024)

There are 32 cities in Polk County, Iowa.

Note: As defined by the US Census Bureau, a city's official boundaries often extend miles beyond the city itself and may even cross county lines. As such, several thousand US cities officially exist in two or more counties (and therefore appear on multiple counties' lists of cities.)

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City
Rank
State
2024 Population
2020 Census
Annual Change
Density (mi²)
Area (mi²)
Des Moines1Iowa208,254213,814-0.66%2,36288.16
Ankeny2Iowa76,08168,3632.6%2,40131.69
West Des Moines3Iowa72,57068,9121.28%1,53447.29
Urbandale4Iowa47,71745,5791.13%2,11622.55
Waukee5Iowa33,96524,3697.6%1,55921.79
Johnston6Iowa24,67124,1090.57%1,26619.49
Altoona7Iowa23,35019,6564.12%1,96811.87
Clive8Iowa19,16418,6520.67%2,5047.65
Grimes9Iowa16,98815,6022.08%1,41512.01
Norwalk10Iowa15,43712,9174.25%1,32511.65
Pleasant Hill11Iowa12,19910,1734.34%1,12810.81
Bondurant12Iowa9,9847,4366.82%1,0549.48
Polk City13Iowa6,5015,5913.64%1,1535.64
Windsor Heights14Iowa4,9815,237-1.27%3,4741.43
Huxley15Iowa4,8044,3122.63%1,4663.28
Carlisle16Iowa4,4014,1651.36%7795.65
Saylorville17Iowa2,9312,7431.63%4326.79
Madrid18Iowa2,8052,7990.07%2,2921.22
Mitchellville19Iowa2,5022,4840.2%9922.52
Granger20Iowa2,2271,6756.61%1,3351.67
Prairie City21Iowa1,7261,6960.47%1,3901.24
Slater22Iowa1,6221,5401.31%8481.91
Elkhart23Iowa1,0998875.07%5831.89
Maxwell24Iowa850856-0.12%7781.09
Cambridge25Iowa8328300.12%6221.34
Hartford26Iowa719733-0.42%6611.09
Cumming27Iowa5404345.26%1573.45
Runnells28Iowa442454-0.67%1,0680.41
Alleman29Iowa4344320.23%1482.94
Mingo30Iowa3093030.65%5020.62
Sheldahl31Iowa3062960.99%3790.81
Luther32Iowa145149-0.69%2470.59
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Note: City markers shown outside the county boundary mean that a part of the city extends into this county, but is primarily located in an adjacent county.

What is the largest city in Polk County, Iowa?

Des Moines is the largest city in Polk County.

What is the smallest city in Polk County, Iowa?

Luther is the smallest city in Polk County.

How many cities are in Polk County?

There are 32 cities in Polk County, Iowa.

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