Where Are the Richest Towns in the US Located? There’s a Pattern Here that Might Surprise You…

Contrary to popular belief, and despite what the Real Housewives of wherever may make it seem, the richest residents in the country are not moving to Beverly Hills and Atlanta, but rather to smaller suburban towns.

The map, which was created by Business Insider, shows the richest residents in each state. Their data is based on the national income estimates from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey, which was used to determine median household incomes by town.

One key thing to note from the survey is that many of the areas listed on the map are towns surrounding cities like Washington, D.C, New York, and Chicago.

These towns typically consist of around 1,000 to 8,000 residents, so while these areas might be far from rural, many of them are also places most people have never heard of.

The towns that take the crown for highest household income top an average income of $250,000.  They are in Hidden Hills, California, which surrounds L.A. (recently Kayne West and Kim Kardashian-West purchased a home here) and Chevy Chase, Maryland, which is a commutable distance from Washington, D.C.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jericho, Vermont and Gretna, Nevada, where the median income is around $77,500.


Photo credit: businessinsider

Here’s the data to back it up:

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While the map above only gives you insight into some of the most elite places in the country to live, below is a map showing the most difficult places to live (economically speaking) in the country.

The darker the orange, the worse an area’s economy is doing; the darker the turquoise, the better that area’s economy is doing.


Photo credit: nytimes

This map, which was created by Upshot, was created by measuring six data points for each county in the U.S.:

  1. Education (percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  2. Median household income
  3. Unemployment rate
  4. Disability rate
  5. Life expectancy
  6. Obesity

They then averaged all of the categories to create an overall ranking of the 3,135 counties in the United States. According to Upshot, Clay County, Kentucky is the hardest place to live in the United States.

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