The 10 Richest Cities In Iowa For 2022


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 2022:

  1. Sioux Center
  2. Johnston
  3. Pella
  4. Bondurant
  5. Waukee
  6. Clive
  7. Ankeny
  8. Eldridge
  9. North Liberty
  10. Bettendorf

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, Sioux Center is the wealthiest city in Iowa for 2022.

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 2022

1. Sioux Center

Sioux Center, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,592
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 7)
Median Income: $76,580
Unemployment Rate: 0.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Sioux Center: Real Estate | Photos

2. Johnston

Johnston, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,077
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $92,984
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Johnston: Real Estate | Photos

3. Pella

Pella, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,279
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $75,848
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Pella: Real Estate | Photos

4. Bondurant

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,567
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Income: $95,259
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.6%
More on Bondurant: Real Estate

5. Waukee

Waukee, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 22,598
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $94,371
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Waukee: Real Estate | Photos

6. Clive

Clive, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,246
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $107,268
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Clive: Real Estate | Photos

7. Ankeny

Ankeny, IA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 64,744
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $89,484
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Ankeny: Real Estate | Photos

8. Eldridge

Eldridge, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,678
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Income: $81,150
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Eldridge: Real Estate | Photos

9. North Liberty

North Liberty, IA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,159
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Income: $85,435
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on North Liberty: Real Estate | Photos

10. Bettendorf

Bettendorf, IA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 36,214
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Income: $85,404
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Bettendorf: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Iowa For 2022

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 2016-2020 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, Sioux Center, crowned the “Richest City In Iowa For 2022”. 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.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Iowa For 2022

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: Centerville
2nd Poorest: Keokuk
3rd Poorest: Fairfield

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Iowa

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Sioux Center 8.67 $76,580
2 Johnston 8.67 $92,984
3 Pella 9.33 $75,848
4 Bondurant 11.0 $95,259
5 Waukee 12.0 $94,371
6 Clive 12.33 $107,268
7 Ankeny 12.33 $89,484
8 Eldridge 12.33 $81,150
9 North Liberty 12.67 $85,435
10 Bettendorf 16.33 $85,404
11 West Des Moines 17.33 $74,159
12 Urbandale 17.67 $95,961
13 Asbury 18.0 $104,565
14 Boone 19.0 $60,854
15 Norwalk 20.0 $83,241
16 Le Mars 20.0 $68,306
17 Orange City 20.0 $71,848
18 Nevada 21.33 $60,144
19 Clear Lake 21.67 $61,338
20 Winterset 23.0 $58,770
21 Independence 23.33 $58,631
22 Spirit Lake 24.33 $52,664
23 Marion 25.0 $72,500
24 Coralville 25.67 $68,230
25 Sheldon 26.33 $54,931
26 Indianola 29.0 $62,761
27 Waverly 29.33 $65,701
28 Grimes 29.33 $89,113
29 Altoona 30.0 $79,482
30 Decorah 30.67 $55,920
31 Webster City 32.67 $54,531
32 Carroll 32.67 $49,555
33 Pleasant Hill 33.33 $74,612
34 Cedar Rapids 36.0 $60,787
35 Manchester 37.0 $49,729
36 Glenwood 37.0 $63,852
37 Mason City 37.67 $53,406
38 Estherville 39.0 $53,542
39 Mount Pleasant 39.33 $51,615
40 Knoxville 40.0 $50,629
41 Cedar Falls 43.33 $64,809
42 Atlantic 44.33 $46,625
43 Osceola 44.67 $50,696
44 Dubuque 45.0 $54,938
45 Creston 45.33 $44,631
46 Sioux City 46.0 $57,750
47 Iowa Falls 47.33 $45,331
48 Council Bluffs 47.33 $53,449
49 Washington 48.0 $54,541
50 Oelwein 48.33 $38,320
51 Vinton 48.33 $44,053
52 Muscatine 48.67 $53,768
53 Grinnell 50.67 $50,668
54 Hiawatha 51.0 $52,383
55 Newton 52.33 $48,417
56 Red Oak 52.33 $50,524
57 Marshalltown 52.33 $54,778
58 Davenport 53.0 $53,140
59 Clarinda 54.33 $48,309
60 Algona 54.67 $48,492
61 Des Moines 55.0 $54,843
62 Oskaloosa 56.67 $49,856
63 Fort Dodge 57.33 $44,290
64 Spencer 59.0 $45,224
65 Storm Lake 60.67 $47,943
66 Denison 63.67 $53,808
67 Iowa City 64.0 $48,148
68 Perry 64.33 $47,802
69 Burlington 65.0 $46,707
70 Clinton 65.67 $46,066
71 Ames 66.33 $50,783
72 Fort Madison 67.0 $44,334
73 Waterloo 67.0 $46,942
74 Ottumwa 67.33 $42,418
75 Charles City 68.33 $37,301
76 Anamosa 70.33 $42,122
77 Maquoketa 71.67 $48,164
78 Fairfield 72.0 $42,862
79 Keokuk 72.33 $43,304
80 Centerville 77.67 $32,689

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth 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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