The 10 Richest Cities in the US for 2022

In this article, we'll look at the top 10 richest cities in the US and explore some of the demographic statistics of each to see if we can find out why they are the richest.

Before we get started, let's talk about how we determine "the richest cities" by explaining how we calculate it.

We use the mean household income for each city, which can be found on the latest American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. The ACS is an ongoing survey conducted by the US Census Bureau and, because it's updated yearly, is more up-to-date that the Decennial Survey.

The latest year we have ACS data for is 2020.

Using the mean (or average) household income, we only really have two criteria to determine the richest cities:

  1. The city must have a population of at least 500 people.
  2. The margin of error provided by the Census Bureau for the city must be less than 50% of the mean household income estimate.

Richest Cities in the US

If you're in a rush and just want to see the top 10 cities in the US, here they are, sorted by highest average household income.

The list is long, so you might have to scroll the table to see all of the cities. You can click the links in the table to view more demographic statistics about the city.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Hillsborough San Mateo County $495,082.00
2 Chevy Chase Village Montgomery County $492,209.00
3 Atherton San Mateo County $490,443.00
4 Gulf Stream Palm Beach County $489,549.00
5 Jupiter Island Martin County $487,576.00
6 Martin's Additions Montgomery County $452,475.00
7 Sands Point Nassau County $448,607.00
8 Scarsdale Westchester County $447,005.00
9 Chevy Chase Section Five Montgomery County $441,737.00
10 Hunters Creek Village Harris County $435,871.00

Demographic Statistics for the 10 Richest Cities in the US

Now that we've seen the top 10 cities in the US, let's take a look at some of the demographic statistics for each city.

We'll focus on the top 10 richest cities in the US to see if there any similarities or differences between them.

Household Income by Age

In the table below, we can compare the household income by age for each of the cities.

City Under 25 25 to 44 45 to 64 65 and Over
Hillsborough $0.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00 $167,969.00
Chevy Chase Village $0.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00
Atherton $0.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00 $223,000.00
Gulf Stream $0.00 $0.00 $250,001.00 $163,125.00
Jupiter Island $0.00 $0.00 $112,109.00 $217,188.00
Martin's Additions $0.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00 $193,750.00
Sands Point $0.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00
Scarsdale $0.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00 $209,583.00
Chevy Chase Section Five $0.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00 $193,125.00
Hunters Creek Village $0.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00 $250,001.00

Note than any fields showing as $0 are because the data was not available from the latest ACS.

We can see from the data above that the most common age bracket for the richest cities in the US is 25 to 44, with 80.00% of the top earners falling into this age bracket.

The list below shows all of the top age brackets for the richest cities in the US.

  • 80.00% of the richest cities in the US were aged 25 to 44
  • 10.00% of the richest cities in the US were aged 45 to 64
  • 10.00% of the richest cities in the US were aged 65 and over

Race and Ethnicity

We can also look at the race and ethnicity for the richest cities in the US. To do that, we created averages for each race reported for the city by the ACS survey.

The chart below shows the most common races living in the richest cities in the US:

  • 81.58% White
  • 8.73% Asian
  • 5.06% Hispanic
  • 2.18% Black/African American
  • 2.01% Two or more races
  • 0.25% Other
  • 0.11% Native
  • 0.07% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

This shows that the most common race across the richest cities in the US is "White".

Education Levels

Another interesting demographic to look at would be the education levels of the people living in the richest cities in the US.

Just like we did with the race and ethnicity numbers, we can create averages for each of the education levels the Census Bureau tracks for each city, by summing them and dividing by the number of cities we're comparing.

The chart below shows the most common education level of people living in the richest cities in the US:

  • Bachelor's degree
    50.62%
  • Master's degree or higher
    40.58%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5.71%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    1.96%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1.13%

The data shows that 91.20% of people living in the richest cities in the US have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this article has given you some interesting insights into why the richest cities in the US are so wealthy based on the common demographics between them.

In the future, we will try to add more data to this article and pull out more interesting insights from the information.

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