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Iowa Cities Shrinking
AMES, Iowa (KCCI-TV) Iowa State University researchers said jobs continue to be the driving factor for population growth or decline in Iowa towns.
They said the changes explain why many small towns across Iowa are losing residents.
"The interesting thing isn't so much there's anything new here, it's a continuation of trends that we've seen, said Liesl Eathington, assistant scientist Dept. of Economics.
New U.S. Census data found more than 60 percent of Iowa cities lost population since 2010. See the lists below to see which have lost and gained the most.
The report shows cities with less than 500 residents lost the most population while Iowa's 10 largest cities accounted for 44 percent of the state's growth from 2010 to 2013.
Ask residents in small town Iowa, like Webster City, what's the appeal of living there and they'll give you lots of reasons.
"You know everybody that's kind of nice," said Cody Mosbach, of Webster City.
"It's safe to be out at night," said Ed Sadler, Webster City manager. "We promote quality of life and to be honest we're putting a major effort into economic development."
Larger cities in Iowa can often point to several reasons behind their growth.
"It seems like as Iowa State grows, the community grows. The need to serve those students grow and I think that's been the biggest piece of our growth," said Matthew Goodman, an Ames business owner.