The 10 Richest Neighborhoods In Des Moines, IA For 2024

The richest Des Moines neighborhoods are Waterbury and Salisbury Oaks for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

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Welcome to the land of the 1%. Where you’ll find lawyers, and doctors, and business executives. And while they 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 1.78x the national median and household incomes are 2.65x 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 $145,591.

Here’s a look at the top 10 wealthiest neighborhoods in Des Moines out of 52 for 2024.

What’s the richest neighborhood to live in Des Moines for 2024? 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 $872,048. 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.

Find where your neighborhood ranks amongst the richest in Des Moines.

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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Richst Neighborhoods In Des Moines For 2024 By Median Income

Rank Neighborhood Median Household Income
1 Waterbury $145,591
2 Salisbury Oaks $95,572
3 Waveland Park $90,268
4 Southwestern Hills $85,573
5 Meredith $82,472
6 Linden Heights $82,279
7 Valley High Manor $74,427
8 Ingersoll Park $73,304
9 Beaverdale $72,005
10 Greenwood $70,557
11 Bloomfield-Allen $70,410
12 Westwood $69,514
13 Laurel Hill $67,838
14 Lower Beaver $67,550
15 Garton West $66,094
16 Waveland Woods $65,250
17 Downtown Des Moines $64,784
18 Merle Hay $60,055
19 Fairmont Park $58,630
20 Accent $56,897
21 Douglas Acres $56,297
22 Gray’s Woods $54,532
23 Oak Park $54,186
24 Greater South Side $52,697
25 Union Park $50,720
26 North Of Grand $50,678
27 Drake $50,473
28 Indianola Hills $49,755
29 Woodland Heights $48,632
30 Sherman Hill $48,500
31 Highland Park $48,216
32 Magnolia Park $47,049
33 Arbor Peaks $46,908
34 Chautauqua Park $44,750
35 Mckinley School $43,808
36 South Park $43,188
37 Capitol View South $42,059
38 Cheatom Park $41,255
39 Capitol Park $39,602
40 Fairground $38,775
41 Drake Park $38,315
42 East Village $37,853
43 Capitol East $36,169
44 Mondamin Presidentia $35,516
45 River Bend $35,134
46 Somerset $34,952
47 Martin Luther King Jr Park $34,053
48 New Vision $32,832
49 King-Irving Park $29,094
50 Jordan Park $26,350
51 Kirkwood Glen $25,865
52 Carpenter $20,714

How We Determined The Wealthiest Neighborhoods In Des Moines For 2024

Every city has its 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 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 Saturday Night Science, we researched income data from the Census and BLS for every neighborhood in Des Moines.

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 wealthiest neighborhood in Des Moines.

The richest neighborhoods in Des Moines are Waterbury, Salisbury Oaks, Waveland Park, Southwestern Hills, Meredith, Linden Heights, Valley High Manor, Ingersoll Park, Beaverdale, and Greenwood.

The poorest neighborhood? That would be Carpenter.

The poorest neighborhoods in Des Moines are Carpenter, Kirkwood Glen, Jordan Park, King-Irving Park, and New Vision.

We updated this article for 2024. This is our tenth time ranking the most affluent neighborhoods to live in Des Moines.

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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.

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