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 some more reading about Iowa:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Iowa For 2018

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 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.

Asbury, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,201.0
Median Income: $90,781.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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.

Waukee, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 16,955.0
Median Income: $81,250.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
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.

Sioux Center, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,370.0
Median Income: $70,703.0
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Sioux Center: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,079.0
Median Income: $73,073.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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: 16,984.0
Median Income: $77,752.0
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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.

Pleasant Hill, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,406.0
Median Income: $75,373.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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.

Grimes, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,422.0
Median Income: $83,125.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,022.0
Median Income: $90,502.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
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.

Orange City, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,153.0
Median Income: $69,653.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Orange City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Algona, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,496.0
Median Income: $53,388.0
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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.

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:

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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