Some towns in Iowa just carry themselves a little differently than others do.

Every town in Iowa has a vibe. You can tell based off of the kinds of stores it has, the state and look of the houses and buildings, the price tags on stuff, and the attitude of the people you encounter. Iowa Nice is still very much a thing but a few towns in Iowa make sure that you know their 'nice' is better than yours.

You may think it's the Midwest, there can't be much arrogance here. Buckle up, buttercup. Here are the snobbiest towns in Iowa, as well as the snobbiest town in the QC.

The Snobbiest Town In Iowa


RoadSnacks crunched the numbers and made their list of the "Snobbiest Places In Iowa". Illinois's snobbiest places were around Chicago (go figure) so where were Iowa's?

To come up with these stats, RoadSnacks looked at:


  • Percent of the population with higher education
  • Median income
  • Median home price
  • Cost of living

Here's the ranking they came up with based on those numbers.

#3. Johnston

In the Des Moines Area, Johnston came in 3rd for the snobbiest cities in Iowa. Here are their stats:

  • Population: 23,418
  • % Highly Educated: 55.0%
  • Median Income: $93,363
  • Median Home Price: $289,600

#2. Waukee

Waukee, which is also part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines area, became the home of a huge $1.38 billion data center campus for Apple in 2017.

  • Population: 23,441
  • % Highly Educated: 57.0%
  • Median Income: $101,138
  • Median Home Price: $264,400

#1. Clive

City of Clive Facebook
City of Clive Facebook

Earning the number one spot on the list is Clive. Notice how all of these top 3 are in the Des Moines-West Des Moines area?

  • Population: 18,323
  • % Highly Educated: 59.0%
  • Median Income: $114,905
  • Median Home Price: $309,700

The Most Snobby City In The Quad Cities

The most snobby city in the Iowa half of the QC is none other than...

Yep, Bettendorf! To the surprise of literally no one, Bettendorf ranked as the snobbiest place in the Iowa side of the QC. It came in #8 on the list of snobbiest places in Iowa so it can get much worse.

LOOK: Best counties to raise a family in Iowa

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to raise a family in Iowa.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

LOOK: Which movies were filmed in Iowa?

Stacker compiled a list of movies filmed in Iowa using data from Movie Locations, with additional information about each film collected from IMDb.

Gallery Credit: Stacker


More From B100