The 10 Richest Neighborhoods In Des Moines, IA For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Des Moines are home to the 1%.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest neighborhoods to live in Des Moines.

Richest Neighborhoods In Des Moines
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Welcome to the land of the 1%. Where you'll find lawyers, and doctors, and business executives. And while they probably aren't made of ticky tacky, they are definitely made of money.

These are the wealthiest neighborhoods that Des Moines has to offer. Where houses go for over 1.55x the national median and household incomes are 1.81x the national median.

But where exactly in Des Moines do the richest of the rich people live? That would be Waterbury where the median income is a cool $99,524.

Here's a look at the top 10 richest neighborhoods in Des Moines out of 53 for 2021.

What's the richest neighborhood to live in Des Moines for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Waterbury looks to be the richest Des Moines neighborhood to live in.

Summing up the median income of those 10 neighborhoods adds up to $800,318. And that my friend, is more 0s than most of us will see in our bank account for a long, long time -- if we ever get that lucky. Continue on to find where your neighborhood ranks amongst the richest in Des Moines. Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from richest to poorest.

For more Des Moines reading, check out the best neighborhoods in Des Moines and the worst neighborhoods in Des Moines. Or, for living around Des Moines, out the best Des Moines suburbs and the worst Des Moines suburbs.

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How We Determined The Wealthiest Neighborhoods In Des Moines For 2021

Every city has it's best neighborhoods -- where everyone wants to live -- and the worst neighborhoods -- where no one wants to live. And then you have the wealthiest neighborhoods, where no one can afford to live.

And by no one, we really mean you because there's always someone richer than you.

How do you quantify richer than you? We looked at one simple criterion:

Which neighborhoods have the highest median income?

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we ranked every neighborhood based on income levels.

We ranked every neighborhood in Des Moines by median income from highest to lowest. The neighborhood with the highest median income, Waterbury, was named the richest neighborhood in Des Moines.

The poorest neighborhood? That would be Frisbie Park.

Now a look at how all the neighborhoods in Des Moines ranked.

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Detailed List Of The Richest Neighborhoods In Des Moines For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Median Household Income<
1 Waterbury $99,524
2 Salisbury Oaks $96,038
3 Westwood $89,659
4 Linden Heights $89,659
5 Ingersoll Park $77,941
6 Waveland Park $73,635
7 Greenwood $73,566
8 Southwestern Hills $67,603
9 Valley High Manor $66,554
10 Beaverdale $66,139
11 Meredith $65,724
12 Waveland Woods $63,125
13 Bloomfield-Allen $62,930
14 Lower Beaver $60,141
15 East Village $58,684
16 Laurel Hill $57,064
17 Chautauqua Park $55,000
18 Merle Hay $54,156
19 Greater South Side $52,697
20 Union Park $50,676
21 Accent $49,557
22 Oak Park $48,692
23 Highland Park $47,607
24 South Park $47,309
25 Indianola Hills $46,731
26 Gray's Woods $45,520
27 Fairmont Park $45,463
28 Douglas Acres $45,030
29 Drake $44,717
30 Magnolia Park $44,423
31 Mckinley School $43,808
32 Somerset $42,112
33 North Of Grand $41,659
34 Cheatom Park $41,255
35 Capitol Park $39,764
36 Woodland Heights $39,730
37 Garton West $39,286
38 Sherman Hill $38,972
39 Arbor Peaks $38,185
40 Fairground $37,645
41 Mondamin Presidentia $35,516
42 Martin Luther King Jr Park $34,053
43 Capitol East $31,742
44 New Vision $30,403
45 Drake Park $30,380
46 Downtown Des Moines $30,321
47 River Bend $29,329
48 King-Irving Park $29,094
49 Kirkwood Glen $28,984
50 Capitol View South $27,692
51 Jordan Park $26,350
52 Carpenter $20,852
53 Frisbie Park $0

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