These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Iowa


We analyzed over 80 places in Iowa to determine where the 1% live.

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Clive, Grimes, Waukee: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Iowa. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Hawkeye State.

Clive in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $91,696 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.4%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Iowa share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 80 places in Iowa with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Hawkeye State:

  1. Clive
  2. Grimes
  3. Waukee
  4. Johnston
  5. Sioux Center
  6. North Liberty
  7. Urbandale
  8. Pleasant Hill
  9. Norwalk
  10. Orange City

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Iowa? That would be Red Oak.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Iowa

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 80 places with more than 5,000 people in Iowa, we ranked each place from 1 to 80 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Clive, crowned the “Richest Place In Iowa”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 80 places.

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1. Clive

Clive, Iowa

Source: Clive Ia. Google Maps.

Population: 16,246
Median Income: $91,696
Poverty Level: 2.4%
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%

2. Grimes

Grimes, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,037
Median Income: $78,504
Poverty Level: 1.7%
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%

3. Waukee

Waukee, Iowa

Source: Waukee Ia. Wikipedia.

Population: 15,944
Median Income: $78,786
Poverty Level: 6.6%
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%

4. Johnston

Johnston, Iowa

Source: Johnston Ia. From Their Facebook Page

Population: 18,874
Median Income: $94,821
Poverty Level: 5.4%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

5. Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,218
Median Income: $64,238
Poverty Level: 7.4%
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%

6. North Liberty

North Liberty, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,503
Median Income: $72,470
Poverty Level: 8.1%
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%

7. Urbandale

Urbandale, Iowa

Source: Urbandale Ia. Wikipedia

Population: 41,157
Median Income: $79,909
Poverty Level: 4.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%

8. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,011
Median Income: $73,224
Poverty Level: 5.9%
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

9. Norwalk

Norwalk, Iowa

Source: Http://Www.Norwalk.Iowa.Gov/

Population: 9,444
Median Income: $80,406
Poverty Level: 1.3%
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

10. Orange City

Orange City, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,130
Median Income: $62,273
Poverty Level: 5.2%
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Iowa

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Iowa, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Iowa. When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in IA, according to data:

Poorest: Red Oak
2nd Poorest: Keokuk
3rd Poorest: Ottumwa
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Iowa

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Clive 1 16,246 $91,696 2.4% 2.2%
Grimes 2 9,037 $78,504 1.7% 2.2%
Waukee 3 15,944 $78,786 6.6% 0.6%
Johnston 4 18,874 $94,821 5.4% 3.6%
Sioux Center 5 7,218 $64,238 7.4% 0.5%
North Liberty 6 14,503 $72,470 8.1% 0.7%
Urbandale 7 41,157 $79,909 4.5% 3.9%
Pleasant Hill 8 9,011 $73,224 5.9% 2.7%
Norwalk 9 9,444 $80,406 1.3% 4.5%
Orange City 10 6,130 $62,273 5.2% 2.4%
Bettendorf 11 34,247 $74,529 5.1% 4.3%
Ankeny 12 49,488 $75,069 7.2% 3.6%
Glenwood 13 5,253 $62,824 9.0% 2.6%
West Des Moines 14 59,815 $70,882 7.7% 4.3%
Altoona 15 15,317 $66,730 5.5% 5.1%
Marion 16 35,809 $62,532 6.4% 4.8%
Algona 17 5,513 $50,280 10.0% 1.6%
Coralville 18 19,677 $59,822 11.2% 3.5%
Sheldon 19 5,047 $46,646 9.0% 2.4%
Le Mars 20 9,783 $49,459 8.2% 3.7%
Decorah 21 8,058 $50,361 9.9% 2.8%
Independence 22 5,955 $51,169 9.4% 4.2%
Pella 23 10,343 $57,096 9.3% 4.7%
Carroll 24 10,051 $44,972 10.4% 0.8%
De Witt 25 5,297 $58,438 9.0% 5.5%
Eldridge 26 5,908 $56,154 4.7% 6.6%
Hiawatha 27 7,109 $51,630 10.2% 4.6%
Clear Lake 28 7,718 $47,147 13.3% 3.6%
Waverly 29 9,998 $62,337 8.6% 6.9%
Cedar Rapids 30 128,009 $54,465 12.5% 5.7%
Cherokee 31 5,203 $44,014 13.0% 3.4%
Spencer 32 11,177 $44,467 11.1% 4.4%
Estherville 33 6,177 $47,513 11.8% 5.3%
Nevada 34 6,794 $55,654 11.6% 6.4%
Indianola 35 15,014 $52,131 9.6% 7.1%
Vinton 36 5,211 $52,679 12.6% 6.3%
Harlan 37 5,047 $42,400 16.2% 1.9%
Perry 38 7,986 $45,691 15.3% 4.4%
Washington 39 7,315 $48,708 9.7% 7.3%
Manchester 40 5,126 $43,194 12.4% 4.9%
Atlantic 41 6,983 $38,902 13.5% 2.2%
Storm Lake 42 10,743 $44,164 13.4% 5.1%
Dubuque 43 58,068 $46,806 13.9% 6.1%
Muscatine 44 23,857 $44,535 13.3% 5.9%
Newton 45 15,139 $45,421 14.0% 6.1%
Grinnell 46 9,136 $45,079 17.3% 4.8%
Mount Pleasant 47 8,682 $45,977 22.8% 4.5%
Boone 48 12,619 $45,012 13.6% 6.1%
Oelwein 49 6,321 $39,800 16.0% 3.8%
Marshalltown 50 27,749 $48,750 13.6% 7.6%
Iowa Falls 51 5,193 $46,394 12.7% 9.3%
Webster City 52 7,905 $39,729 13.0% 5.3%
Clarinda 53 5,490 $43,519 12.6% 6.5%
Sioux City 54 82,719 $43,629 15.2% 6.1%
Council Bluffs 55 62,261 $45,204 15.0% 7.0%
Shenandoah 56 5,079 $41,310 20.0% 4.2%
Mason City 57 27,775 $42,009 15.6% 5.9%
Davenport 58 101,316 $45,424 16.7% 6.7%
Denison 59 8,370 $45,366 23.1% 5.9%
Cedar Falls 60 40,009 $52,678 24.8% 7.1%
Iowa City 61 70,597 $42,119 32.2% 4.6%
Knoxville 62 7,257 $41,723 15.4% 6.3%
Des Moines 63 206,702 $46,430 17.8% 8.4%
Creston 64 7,846 $40,551 15.5% 6.2%
Clinton 65 26,611 $41,848 16.4% 6.3%
Fairfield 66 9,615 $39,044 17.9% 5.3%
Charles City 67 7,562 $37,275 16.3% 5.8%
Fort Madison 68 10,929 $41,875 13.6% 10.2%
Maquoketa 69 6,064 $36,431 18.7% 5.0%
Winterset 70 5,165 $39,598 13.4% 11.0%
Ames 71 61,276 $42,373 36.4% 6.2%
Waterloo 72 68,392 $41,461 17.3% 9.6%
Centerville 73 5,480 $34,524 16.0% 7.8%
Anamosa 74 5,526 $41,793 16.9% 13.2%
Burlington 75 25,559 $37,223 18.8% 8.6%
Oskaloosa 76 11,555 $39,385 20.7% 9.9%
Fort Dodge 77 24,846 $38,380 19.2% 10.7%
Ottumwa 78 24,847 $38,095 21.4% 10.1%
Keokuk 79 10,742 $33,040 23.6% 9.8%
Red Oak 80 5,644 $33,977 20.4% 13.4%

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