Census Bureau estimate show growth in Des Moines

DES MOINES — The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Des Moines' population grew to 206,688 last year, an increase of 1.6 percent since the 2010 census.

The Des Moines Register reported Tuesday that Des Moines' growth was ahead of Iowa's overall population growth of about nine-tenths of a percent.

Among Iowa's largest cities, West Des Moines had the highest growth rate, with an increase from 2010 to 2012 of 4.75 percent, to an estimate of 59,296.

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Iowa City's population during the period rose by an estimated 3.35 percent to 70,133 and Ames was up by 2.83 percent to an estimated 60,634.

Iowa's second-largest city, Cedar Rapids, had an estimated population of 128,119 and Davenport's population increased to 101,363.

The estimates showed little population change in Sioux City, Waterloo or Council Bluffs.