Wealthiest Cities in America – Huffington Post/NerdWallet

Wealthiest Cities in America – Huffington Post/NerdWallet

Wealthiest Cities in America – by Aaron Sankin – Huffington Post

Posted: 04/29/2013 4:10 pm EDT  |  Updated: 04/30/2013 3:20 am EDT

There are 16 cities in the United States where more than 50% of the households in the city earn over $100,000 per year.  California and Texas dominate this list of high-earners.  Most of these cities are well-to-do suburbs of larger metro areas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area, San Francisco, Atlanta and Chicago (Naperville comes in at #8).

There are lots of ways to measure the wealthiest city in America. You can look at median household income or the percentage of people who rake inungodly amounts of money every year.  However, while those sorts of measures can tell you a lot about a given place, they typically only give a portrait of a small subset of the population.

Personal finance site NerdWallet’s new study, on the other hand, measures the richest cities in the country by crunching U.S. Census Department data to determine which cities have largest percentage of households earning over $100,000 per year.  By setting the income bar comparatively lower than many other studies, NerdWallet was able to capture a larger portion of a city’s population and really measure broad-based prosperity.

What NerdWallet’s analysts found were 16 cities, primarily clustered in California and Texas, where over half of the households earn more than $100,000 annually. All of the cities are well-heeled suburbs orbiting economically vibrant metropoles.

Interestingly, because the measure penalizes a city for a high rate of income inequality, the towns populating the list might surprise you. For example, most San Francisco Bay Area residents would likely point to some of the tonier suburbs of Marin County or Silicon Valley as the richest towns in their midst. However, it’s actually the East Bay community of San Ramon, most famously the home base of oil giant Chevron, that ranks as the richest city in the nation with nearly two-thirds of its populace earning over $100,000.

Check out Nerdwallet’s list of the richest cities in the country in the slideshow below:

NerdWallet’s Richest Cities
8. Naperville, IL Percentage of households making over $100,000: 54.8% Suburb of: Chicago

8. Naperville, IL
Percentage of households making over $100,000: 54.8%
Suburb of: Chicago


One thought on “Wealthiest Cities in America – Huffington Post/NerdWallet

  1. Personal reflection: When I first visited Naperville in 1975 (a friend from college was teaching at North Central here) it still had the feel of a rural community – gas stations and hardware stores where now there sits Barnes and Noble, Five Guys, AppleStore, and a public library consistently voted best in the US in towns its size. From what I gather about the local history, when I-88 (Reagan Tollway – extension of the early Eisenhower) was built; whereas some communities fought it (thinking it would bring crime, gangs, etc. 30 miles from Chicago), communities like Naperville and Downers Grove not only welcomed it but basically said, “Build us as many off-ramps as possible!” –the result is a diverse mix of a high-tech and corporate corridor with companies like Tellabs, Nicor, Microsoft, BP, Porsche, RR Donnelley, SaraLee, — attracting an upscale demographic and creating a tax base for great schools, parks, bike paths, the RiverWalk, etc. Had no idea in 1975 that we’d wind up living here — but it is a great place to be! Smack-dab in the middle of Middle America!

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