These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Iowa For 2018


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

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Asbury, Waukee, Sioux Center: 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.

Asbury in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $90,781 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.9%.

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.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 82 places in Iowa with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Iowa for 2018:

  1. Asbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Waukee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Sioux Center (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bondurant (Homes For Sale)
  5. North Liberty (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Pleasant Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Grimes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Clive (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Orange City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Algona (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Iowa.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in Iowa or the poorest.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Iowa For 2018

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

However, we don’t believe 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 newly released 2012-2016 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 82 places with more than 5,000 people in Iowa, we ranked each place from 1 to 82 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, Asbury, crowned the ‘Richest Place In Iowa For 2018’.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 82 places.

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1. Asbury

Asbury, Iowa

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,201
Median Income: $90,781
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Asbury: Homes For Sale | Data
Asbury is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, and a suburb of the city of Dubuque. It is part of the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,357 at the 2010 census. Asbury is the second-largest city in Dubuque County, surpassing Dyersville, Iowa to become the second-largest in the 2010 U.S. Census count. The city is largely a bedroom community, made up of spacious, new subdivisions whose residents work in Dubuque or Peosta, Iowa.

2. Waukee

Waukee, Iowa

Population: 16,955
Median Income: $81,250
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Waukee: Homes For Sale | Data
Waukee is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 13,790 at the 2010 Census; a fast growth has been measured since as it is estimated there were 19,284 people living in Waukee in 2016. It is part of the Des Moines – West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

3. Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa

Population: 7,370
Median Income: $70,703
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Sioux Center: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Bondurant


Population: 5,079
Median Income: $73,073
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Bondurant: Homes For Sale | Data
Bondurant is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,860 in the 2010 census, an increase of 109% from the 1,846 population in the 2000 census. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

5. North Liberty

North Liberty, Iowa

Population: 16,984
Median Income: $77,752
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on North Liberty: Homes For Sale | Data
North Liberty is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It is a suburb of Iowa City and part of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Population: 9,406
Median Income: $75,373
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Pleasant Hill: Homes For Sale | Data
Pleasant Hill is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 8,785 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of July, 2005, Pleasant Hill has been given a US Postal code, 50327.

7. Grimes

Grimes, Iowa

Population: 10,422
Median Income: $83,125
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Grimes: Homes For Sale | Data
Grimes is a city in Dallas and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 8,246 at the 2010 census. Grimes is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

8. Clive

Clive, Iowa

Source: Public domain

Population: 17,022
Median Income: $90,502
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Clive: Homes For Sale | Data
Clive is a city in Dallas and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 Census the population is at 15,447. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Clive is known for its Greenbelt Park and trail system running through the entire community. Clive serves as the axis of the western Des Moines suburbs, being located between Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines along the major transportation corridors of I-35, I-80 and I-235. The City of Urbandale is to the north to northwest, the City of West Des Moines is to the southeast to southwest, the City of Waukee in Dallas County is to the west.

9. Orange City

Orange City, Iowa

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,153
Median Income: $69,653
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Orange City: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Algona

Algona, Iowa

Population: 5,496
Median Income: $53,388
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Algona: Homes For Sale | Data
Algona is a city in and the county seat of Kossuth County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,560 at the 2010 census. Ambrose A. Call State Park is located two miles southwest of the city.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Iowa For 2018

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 Iowa, according to data:

Poorest: Keokuk
2nd Poorest: Red Oak
3rd Poorest: Centerville

For more Iowa reading , check out:

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  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Iowa

    City Rank Median Income
    Asbury 1 $90,781
    Waukee 2 $81,250
    Sioux Center 3 $70,703
    Bondurant 4 $73,073
    North Liberty 5 $77,752
    Pleasant Hill 6 $75,373
    Grimes 7 $83,125
    Clive 8 $90,502
    Orange City 9 $69,653
    Algona 10 $53,388
    Johnston 11 $95,565
    West Des Moines 12 $70,906
    Ankeny 13 $76,760
    Urbandale 14 $81,862
    Bettendorf 15 $75,251
    Norwalk 16 $80,675
    Waverly 17 $61,007
    Marion 18 $67,308
    Pella 19 $60,568
    Decorah 20 $52,912
    Altoona 21 $72,398
    Le Mars 22 $56,851
    Coralville 23 $60,115
    Carroll 24 $45,170
    Vinton 25 $48,036
    Independence 26 $45,313
    Clear Lake 27 $51,004
    Sheldon 28 $46,838
    Glenwood 29 $57,148
    Cedar Rapids 30 $55,359
    Iowa Falls 31 $48,722
    Eldridge 32 $66,078
    Nevada 33 $56,672
    Manchester 34 $50,794
    Harlan 35 $43,958
    Grinnell 36 $45,948
    Boone 37 $48,135
    Perry 38 $42,177
    Spencer 39 $45,559
    Webster City 40 $46,148
    De Witt 41 $52,731
    Mount Pleasant 42 $46,804
    Cedar Falls 43 $58,544
    Hiawatha 44 $43,713
    Newton 45 $47,377
    Muscatine 46 $50,059
    Indianola 47 $51,414
    Marshalltown 48 $50,934
    Mason City 49 $45,193
    Creston 50 $43,137
    Atlantic 51 $40,290
    Winterset 52 $45,046
    Council Bluffs 53 $47,097
    Davenport 54 $48,191
    Dubuque 55 $48,021
    Clarinda 56 $43,814
    Sioux City 57 $46,028
    Cherokee 58 $42,754
    Oelwein 59 $39,922
    Washington 60 $44,462
    Shenandoah 61 $39,526
    Charles City 62 $40,909
    Des Moines 63 $48,088
    Storm Lake 64 $43,226
    Clinton 65 $42,497
    Estherville 66 $42,691
    Denison 67 $47,465
    Iowa City 68 $42,720
    Waterloo 69 $44,146
    Knoxville 70 $41,727
    Fort Madison 71 $42,448
    Oskaloosa 72 $40,837
    Ames 73 $41,278
    Burlington 74 $40,381
    Fort Dodge 75 $38,658
    Ottumwa 76 $38,090
    Maquoketa 77 $40,982
    Fairfield 78 $38,906
    Anamosa 79 $38,125
    Centerville 80 $30,442
    Red Oak 81 $33,077
    Keokuk 82 $34,847

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