The Richest City in Iowa is About an Hour from the Tri-States
A recent study by the website MoneyWise took a look at the richest and poorest cities in all fifty states. As fate would have it, the most affluent community in the state of Iowa is roughly 70 miles outside of Dubuque.
MoneyWise found that Robins is the richest city in the state of Iowa. The third largest city in Linn County (in terms of area), Robins' residents have an eye-popping median income of $131,078.
The town has seen exorbitant growth over the last 22 years as well, with population rising 83% during that time-span. As of the 2020 census, the population of Robins is 3,353.
Merely 15 minutes from Cedar Rapids, Robins benefits from being relatively close to three of the biggest colleges in the state: University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and Iowa State University as well.
I did some additional research into Robins. I took a peek at the town's website and looked at some of the available properties. In total, Robins is only about six miles in total area, but the space it occupies is manicured and has a plethora of attractive homes and locales.
According to the City of Robins' website:
96% of Robins residents have a high school diploma or higher; 36% have Bachelor or higher degree; and 10% have a Graduate or professional degree.
Being in close proximity to so many great institutions definitely gives those numbers a boost, I'm sure.
Also on their website, Robins boasts the lowest property taxes in the Metro Area ($7.71 per $1,000 assessed valuation). The median home valuation is $323,200, enormously high.
A quick glance at homes in Robins on Realtor.com show few going for less than $300,000. If you're anything like me, you get sucked into looking at pictures of the interiors. If you're looking to build your own home (before you laugh, I personally know a couple doing just that), a plot of land will run you roughly $60,000.
East Knoll Park is one of the parks in Robins, which features a basketball court along with sand volleyball courts: two nice elements to go along with the playground equipment, swingset, and neighboring pavilion.
You can watch this YouTube video to get a better idea of Robins, the richest city in Iowa according to MoneyWise.