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.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Iowa For 2018

Map Of The Richest Cities 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 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.

1. Asbury

Asbury, Iowa

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:

  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Iowa
  • 10 Safest Places In Iowa
  • 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Iowa
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Iowa

    Rank City RichScore Median Income
    1 Asbury 3.17 $90,781
    2 Waukee 7.17 $81,250
    3 Sioux Center 7.33 $70,703
    4 Bondurant 8.0 $73,073
    5 North Liberty 9.17 $77,752
    6 Pleasant Hill 9.67 $75,373
    7 Grimes 10.5 $83,125
    8 Clive 11.83 $90,502
    9 Orange City 12.5 $69,653
    10 Algona 12.5 $53,388
    11 Johnston 13.83 $95,565
    12 West Des Moines 15.0 $70,906
    13 Ankeny 18.17 $76,760
    14 Urbandale 18.17 $81,862
    15 Bettendorf 20.33 $75,251
    16 Norwalk 21.17 $80,675
    17 Waverly 22.0 $61,007
    18 Marion 22.83 $67,308
    19 Pella 24.17 $60,568
    20 Decorah 24.33 $52,912
    21 Altoona 24.5 $72,398
    22 Le Mars 27.17 $56,851
    23 Coralville 28.0 $60,115
    24 Carroll 28.33 $45,170
    25 Vinton 29.17 $48,036
    26 Independence 30.17 $45,313
    27 Clear Lake 30.33 $51,004
    28 Sheldon 30.5 $46,838
    29 Glenwood 30.83 $57,148
    30 Cedar Rapids 33.5 $55,359
    31 Iowa Falls 33.83 $48,722
    32 Eldridge 34.5 $66,078
    33 Nevada 35.33 $56,672
    34 Manchester 36.33 $50,794
    35 Harlan 38.33 $43,958
    36 Grinnell 38.83 $45,948
    37 Boone 39.0 $48,135
    38 Perry 39.0 $42,177
    39 Spencer 39.17 $45,559
    40 Webster City 39.5 $46,148
    41 De Witt 39.5 $52,731
    42 Mount Pleasant 43.83 $46,804
    43 Cedar Falls 44.0 $58,544
    44 Hiawatha 44.33 $43,713
    45 Newton 45.17 $47,377
    46 Muscatine 45.83 $50,059
    47 Indianola 46.5 $51,414
    48 Marshalltown 46.67 $50,934
    49 Mason City 47.83 $45,193
    50 Creston 48.0 $43,137
    51 Atlantic 49.33 $40,290
    52 Winterset 49.33 $45,046
    53 Council Bluffs 49.5 $47,097
    54 Davenport 49.67 $48,191
    55 Dubuque 49.83 $48,021
    56 Clarinda 51.83 $43,814
    57 Sioux City 52.0 $46,028
    58 Cherokee 52.17 $42,754
    59 Oelwein 52.67 $39,922
    60 Washington 53.17 $44,462
    61 Shenandoah 54.5 $39,526
    62 Charles City 56.5 $40,909
    63 Des Moines 58.17 $48,088
    64 Storm Lake 58.17 $43,226
    65 Clinton 59.67 $42,497
    66 Estherville 60.83 $42,691
    67 Denison 61.0 $47,465
    68 Iowa City 61.33 $42,720
    69 Waterloo 63.67 $44,146
    70 Knoxville 64.0 $41,727
    71 Fort Madison 65.0 $42,448
    72 Oskaloosa 70.33 $40,837
    73 Ames 70.33 $41,278
    74 Burlington 70.67 $40,381
    75 Fort Dodge 71.67 $38,658
    76 Ottumwa 74.0 $38,090
    77 Maquoketa 74.83 $40,982
    78 Fairfield 75.0 $38,906
    79 Anamosa 77.5 $38,125
    80 Centerville 77.5 $30,442
    81 Red Oak 79.0 $33,077
    82 Keokuk 80.0 $34,847

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