The 10 Richest Cities In Iowa For 2021


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

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Wondering where the richest folks live in the Hawkeye State? Wonder no longer, because we’ve used science and data to take the guesswork out of determining the wealthiest places in Iowa.

The places in Iowa with the highest concentration of wealth are largely centered around the state’s capital and biggest city, Des Moines. About half the cities on this list are suburbs of Des Moines, with Waukee being the richest of the rich suburbs. If you’re looking for money in the eastern part of the state, North Liberty, situated between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, is your best bet. In any case, you don’t usually have to travel far from Iowa’s biggest cities to find the hordes of wealth.

How much do you need to have in the piggy bank to live in one of the richest places in Iowa? Well the good news is that Iowa has one of the lowests rent in America, so you won’t need to break the bank if you’re not looking to buy. The average median household income for cities on this list was around $80,000/year, with Clive having the highest earners statewide. If job stability is more important to you, then Bondurant’s super low unemployment rate ought to be attractive.

So if you want to know what Iowan cities have corn made of gold, serve fried catfish with a side of caviar, and wear tuxedos to the state fair, read on.

Here are the 10 richest places in Iowa for 2021:

  1. Bondurant
  2. Waukee
  3. North Liberty
  4. Johnston
  5. Pella
  6. Asbury
  7. Altoona
  8. Sioux Center
  9. Norwalk
  10. Clive

Now you know where the hot spots of wealth are in Iowa. It shouldn’t come as a shock that there was a good amount of overlap between the richest cities and the safest and best cities in Iowa. Money doesn’t automatically make a city safe or great to live in, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

So how did we come up with this list of Iowa’s wealthiest places? We started by narrowing down our search to only cities with a population of at least 5,000, which left us with 80 cities to score. Then we looked for the cities with the lowest rates of poverty and unemployment and the highest median household incomes. That left us with only the most-moneyed spots in Iowa. But what city is the richest? According to the data, Bondurant is the wealthiest city in Iowa for 2021.

If you’re surprised a city you thought was super-flush wasn’t in the top ten, check out the complete list below to see where it landed.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Iowa:

The 10 Richest Cities In Iowa For 2021

1. Bondurant

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,191
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $97,786
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Bondurant: Real Estate

2. Waukee

Waukee, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 20,785
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $94,580
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Waukee: Real Estate | Photos

3. North Liberty

North Liberty, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,829
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $83,949
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on North Liberty: Real Estate | Photos

4. Johnston

Johnston, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 21,406
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $96,948
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Johnston: Real Estate | Photos

5. Pella

Pella, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,231
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 12)
Median Income: $68,963
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Pella: Real Estate | Photos

6. Asbury

Asbury, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,557
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Income: $100,871
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Asbury: Real Estate | Photos

7. Altoona

Altoona, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,458
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $77,581
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Altoona: Real Estate | Photos

8. Sioux Center

Sioux Center, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,534
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,313
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Sioux Center: Real Estate | Photos

9. Norwalk

Norwalk, IA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,978
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,403
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Norwalk: Real Estate | Photos

10. Clive

Clive, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,167
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Income: $104,839
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Clive: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Iowa For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 80 places with more than 5,000 people in Iowa, we ranked each place from 1 to 80 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, Bondurant, crowned the “Richest City In Iowa For 2021”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 80 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Iowa For 2021

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: Centerville
3rd Poorest: Maquoketa

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Iowa

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Bondurant 1.83 $97,786
2 Waukee 8.67 $94,580
3 North Liberty 9.33 $83,949
4 Johnston 10.0 $96,948
5 Pella 10.0 $68,963
6 Asbury 11.0 $100,871
7 Altoona 12.0 $77,581
8 Sioux Center 12.17 $74,313
9 Norwalk 12.33 $83,403
10 Clive 14.33 $104,839
11 Ankeny 16.0 $86,486
12 West Des Moines 16.0 $76,368
13 Urbandale 17.67 $90,858
14 Eldridge 19.33 $71,961
15 Bettendorf 19.33 $82,153
16 Spirit Lake 19.67 $54,293
17 Le Mars 20.0 $65,095
18 Pleasant Hill 20.33 $78,818
19 Boone 21.67 $57,943
20 Clear Lake 22.0 $57,841
21 Nevada 22.67 $58,968
22 Decorah 25.0 $62,336
23 Waverly 25.33 $64,949
24 Marion 26.0 $72,150
25 Sheldon 26.0 $53,110
26 Independence 26.33 $54,097
27 Orange City 29.33 $72,857
28 Webster City 29.67 $55,446
29 Winterset 30.33 $52,835
30 Grimes 31.0 $81,950
31 Manchester 33.67 $51,773
32 Iowa Falls 35.33 $45,897
33 Carroll 35.67 $47,534
34 Indianola 37.0 $60,854
35 Cedar Rapids 37.0 $58,511
36 Vinton 37.33 $48,068
37 Mount Pleasant 38.33 $51,350
38 Algona 39.33 $51,476
39 Glenwood 40.67 $61,930
40 Coralville 40.67 $60,321
41 Council Bluffs 41.33 $53,524
42 Oelwein 41.67 $41,849
43 Cedar Falls 42.67 $61,420
44 Muscatine 42.67 $52,660
45 Sioux City 45.0 $55,433
46 Knoxville 45.67 $47,844
47 Osceola 47.67 $49,443
48 Dubuque 48.0 $54,234
49 Mason City 48.0 $50,397
50 Clarinda 48.33 $50,013
51 Washington 48.67 $52,697
52 Hiawatha 50.67 $48,191
53 Grinnell 51.67 $46,750
54 Marshalltown 52.0 $52,035
55 Spencer 52.33 $46,545
56 Davenport 52.67 $51,029
57 Atlantic 52.67 $41,542
58 Newton 53.67 $48,481
59 Des Moines 55.0 $53,525
60 Red Oak 55.0 $43,085
61 Estherville 58.33 $46,493
62 Creston 59.0 $43,693
63 Iowa City 60.67 $49,075
64 Storm Lake 62.0 $50,565
65 Oskaloosa 62.0 $47,429
66 Denison 62.67 $54,190
67 Charles City 63.67 $41,060
68 Anamosa 64.0 $41,603
69 Fort Dodge 64.33 $40,886
70 Waterloo 64.67 $47,327
71 Clinton 67.0 $44,094
72 Burlington 67.33 $47,540
73 Ames 67.33 $48,105
74 Fairfield 68.0 $40,920
75 Perry 68.67 $44,146
76 Fort Madison 69.0 $42,694
77 Ottumwa 69.0 $41,722
78 Maquoketa 72.33 $44,610
79 Centerville 76.67 $34,805
80 Keokuk 77.67 $39,779

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Iowa.

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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