10 Richest Cities In Iowa For 2019


We analyzed 79 places in Iowa to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Iowa.

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Waukee, Asbury, Bondurant: 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.

Waukee in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $91,875 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.5%.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 79 places in Iowa with more than 5,000 people.

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 some more reading about Iowa:

The 10 Richest Cities In Iowa For 2019

Waukee, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 17,980
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $91,875
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Waukee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Asbury, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,338
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $89,015
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Asbury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,457
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $75,357
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Bondurant: Real Estate | 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.

North Liberty, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,721
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $80,426
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on North Liberty: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of North Liberty by HomeSnacks User

This city is a part of the Iowa City community. It has a wide spectrum of economics, which makes it a great place to learn about people, and gives plenty of opportunity to help others or be helped. It is a “bedroom” community with a rapidly growing population. The schools are bursting and a new elementary school is being built. A high school was just opened in 2017.

North Liberty is convenient. Biking is an option because of a great trail, and also because two grocery stores, banks, rec center, gym, post office, car repair…. are in such close proximity to much of the city.

Grimes, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,139
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $92,250
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Grimes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Clive, IA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,134
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $94,907
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Clive: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sioux Center, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,450
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Income: $73,185
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
More on Sioux Center: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pleasant Hill, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,608
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $74,356
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Pleasant Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Johnston, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 20,172
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $94,539
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Johnston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Johnston is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 17,278 in the 2010 census, an increase of almost 100% from the 8,649 population in the 2000 census. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Algona, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,488
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $53,891
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Algona: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Iowa For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Iowa
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 2013-2017 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 79 places with more than 5,000 people in Iowa, we ranked each place from 1 to 79 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, Waukee, crowned the “Richest City In Iowa For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 79 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Iowa For 2019

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

For more Iowa reading, check out:

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Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Iowa

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Waukee 3.17 $91,875
2 Asbury 5.67 $89,015
3 Bondurant 6.0 $75,357
4 North Liberty 7.0 $80,426
5 Grimes 8.33 $92,250
6 Clive 10.17 $94,907
7 Sioux Center 11.0 $73,185
8 Pleasant Hill 11.17 $74,356
9 Johnston 14.0 $94,539
10 Algona 14.67 $53,891
11 Ankeny 15.67 $79,536
12 Urbandale 16.67 $85,432
13 West Des Moines 17.0 $73,764
14 Bettendorf 17.83 $76,900
15 Norwalk 18.67 $82,566
16 Altoona 19.83 $77,801
17 Clear Lake 20.67 $54,123
18 Orange City 21.33 $71,843
19 Pella 22.0 $64,527
20 Decorah 22.83 $55,282
21 Iowa Falls 24.5 $50,000
22 Marion 25.0 $69,882
23 Sheldon 25.17 $50,611
24 Le Mars 25.33 $58,063
25 Glenwood 26.0 $59,805
26 Waverly 27.83 $61,935
27 Independence 28.5 $49,104
28 Nevada 29.5 $58,237
29 Manchester 31.17 $52,089
30 Eldridge 31.83 $66,544
31 Vinton 32.0 $48,072
32 Cedar Rapids 32.33 $56,828
33 Coralville 32.5 $57,990
34 Carroll 32.67 $44,561
35 Webster City 33.0 $46,324
36 Indianola 33.83 $55,634
37 Boone 37.67 $50,323
38 Muscatine 38.5 $50,849
39 Mount Pleasant 41.67 $47,060
40 Spencer 43.67 $45,719
41 Cedar Falls 44.5 $58,855
42 Clarinda 46.67 $41,566
43 Council Bluffs 46.67 $49,750
44 Mason City 46.83 $47,273
45 Hiawatha 47.33 $43,280
46 Davenport 47.67 $49,335
47 Atlantic 48.0 $39,702
48 Winterset 48.0 $48,194
49 Dubuque 48.0 $50,171
50 Newton 49.67 $48,847
51 Washington 49.83 $45,509
52 Marshalltown 49.83 $49,214
53 Sioux City 50.33 $48,559
54 Oelwein 50.5 $42,074
55 Estherville 51.17 $46,028
56 Creston 52.17 $42,198
57 Grinnell 52.33 $44,525
58 Cherokee 54.0 $45,103
59 Perry 55.0 $42,442
60 Knoxville 55.17 $43,986
61 Des Moines 56.33 $49,999
62 Charles City 57.0 $40,610
63 Clinton 58.67 $42,702
64 Denison 60.0 $51,122
65 Storm Lake 60.0 $48,382
66 Iowa City 60.67 $45,991
67 Maquoketa 62.17 $46,173
68 Waterloo 62.5 $44,429
69 Fort Madison 63.17 $43,631
70 Burlington 64.67 $42,907
71 Ames 67.67 $42,755
72 Anamosa 68.83 $41,484
73 Oskaloosa 69.33 $41,392
74 Fort Dodge 69.83 $38,386
75 Ottumwa 70.0 $39,193
76 Centerville 71.33 $30,993
77 Fairfield 73.83 $36,781
78 Keokuk 77.0 $38,750
79 Red Oak 77.0 $34,966

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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