These Are The 10 Richest Cities In America For 2018


We looked at the most recent census data to determine where the 1% call home.

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Does being rich make you a happier person?

Maybe not.

According to a recent study, if you earn about $95,000 a year, you’re optimally happy. Any more than that, and you’re not. Surprised by that? We were. I think just about everyone who’s reading this would think, “Give me a million bucks, I’ll be happy as hell!”

Happiness isn’t the metric we’re measuring, today, however

Where do you go if you want to see the richest people in the nation? We’re not talking about individuals. We mean, specifically, which parts of the country.

The general assumption is going to be suburbs of major cities where people live in big homes, away from the grimy, packed downtown areas. Yes, we took that into account, but you also have to assume the richest cities in America are going to be where people have amazing jobs.

To see exactly how we calculated these rankings, read on.

Or if you’re simply not interested in reading about the high and mighty, and you don’t care about this list, check out:

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How We Determined The Wealthiest Cities in The US

When HomeSnacks looks at a place to live, we study the stats you can find anywhere on the web. You can get just about any demographic on just about any city center.

For this analysis we used the — U.S. Census.

For this study, we considered the following categories:

  • # of residents living in poverty
  • Income rank
  • % of population unemployed

The census just updated their data at the end of 2017, so we can take a fresh look at it.

And, to be clear, we measured the 300 largest cities in America. So, while your little small town might be rollin’ in the dough, we’re only looking at the most populated areas.

To score the cities, we ranked each one from 1 to 300 where 1 is the “richest” for that category. We then averaged the three rankings into a rich score with the lowest overall score being crowned richest in America.

Here’s a look at the top ten.

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1. Frisco, TX

Frisco, Tx

Population: 145,646
Median Income: $117,642
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%

Well howdy, Texas! We’re not too surprised to see you on here. After all, the Lone Star State is home to some of the nation’s wealthiest oilmen and businesses.

Frisco, the richest city in America, is a little nook just outside of Dallas. Residents here have the highest annual salaries in America. So now you know.

2. Pearland, TX

Pearland, Tx

Population: 106,238
Median Income: $96,954
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%

Pearland, Texas is another cute, wealthy suburb in Texas. This rich little enclave is just outside of Houston.

Folks here rank 13th for income levels, and 5th-lowest for number of people living in poverty (4%).

3. Cary, NC

Cary, Nc

Population: 155,822
Median Income: $94,617
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%

Cary is just a perfect little slice of heaven outside of Raleigh. At least that’s what the locals would tell you.

Only 4% of residents here are without work, and if you drive around town long enough, it’ll be clear; anyone who wants a job here can get a job. If you’re out of work in Cary, it’s your own damn fault.

4. Centennial, CO

Centennial, Co

Population: 107,862
Median Income: $96,422
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%

Colorado is a mix of places; there are some really poor areas here. But Centennial isn’t one of them.

Folks here have great jobs, work hard, and hardly anyone in town struggles to make ends meet. And if they’re poor here, they choose to be poor.

5. Mckinney, TX

Mckinney, Tx

Source: Public domain

Population: 156,821
Median Income: $83,257
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%

Texas sure does have a lot of rich people, doesn’t it? McKinney is another Dallas ‘burb where you’d more likely see people thriving than struggling.

Less than 3 in 100 residents of McKinney is out of work. That’s shockingly low..

6. Fremont, CA

Fremont, Ca

Population: 227,934
Median Income: $111,613
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%

When you think of wealthy areas in California, some people may think Beverly Hills or Sunnyvale. But in fact, it’s the jam-packed east bay city of Fremont that’s the wealthiest in all of the Golden State.

One reason people are ‘rich’ in Fremont is the fact that salaries are so inflated because the cost of living is so high. So, you’re not as ‘rich’ in Fremont as you would be in, say, Cary, NC.

7. Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, Ks

Population: 183,775
Median Income: $74,789
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%

The middle of Kansas? Wow. Bet you didn’t see that coming. Well, the folks in Overland Park did.

Great jobs, low unemployment and a really low cost of living makes this Prairie State city one of the best places you could live if you wanted to earn a great living.

8. Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, Wa

Population: 136,718
Median Income: $100,703
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%

Just outside of Seattle is the enclave of Bellevue, where residents earn the 11th-highest incomes in the entire nation. The fact that Seattle is becoming a tech hub really helps drive up the local salary numbers.

9. Olathe, KS

Olathe, Ks

Population: 132,787
Median Income: $79,691
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%

How does 20% of Kansas rank as the wealthiest cities in the nation? Well, maybe there’s a lot less about the midwest than you thought you knew, kiddo.

Frankly speaking, Kansas is one of the best places you can live. It’s safe, friendly, and there are great schools. It’s just plain boring is all. But hey – you could spend your days counting your money, right?

10. Naperville, IL

Naperville, Il

Population: 145,789
Median Income: $110,676
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%

Rounding out the top 10 wealthiest cities in the US is Naperville.

This rich suburb has appeared on a number of our lists this year thanks to being rich, safe, and a generally awesome place to live.

There You Have It — The Wealthiest Cities in America

After the analysis was over, we crowned Frisco, Texas as the richest city in America for 2018.

While it’s good news for the cities we mentioned, we have to mention the poorest cities in America. Would you have guessed Detroit, Cleveland and Hartford, Connecticut? Probably.

Here’s a look at the poorest cities in America:

  1. Arlington
  2. Murrieta
  3. West Valley City

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Richest Cities In America For 2018

City Rank Population Median Income
Frisco, TX 1 145,646 $117,642
Pearland, TX 2 106,238 $96,954
Cary, NC 3 155,822 $94,617
Centennial, CO 4 107,862 $96,422
Mckinney, TX 5 156,821 $83,257
Fremont, CA 6 227,934 $111,613
Overland Park, KS 7 183,775 $74,789
Bellevue, WA 8 136,718 $100,703
Olathe, KS 9 132,787 $79,691
Naperville, IL 10 145,789 $110,676
Plano, TX 11 279,088 $85,085
Santa Clara, CA 12 122,725 $102,533
San Mateo, CA 13 102,224 $95,667
Alexandria, VA 14 151,473 $89,200
Gilbert, AZ 15 226,832 $85,581
Midland, TX 16 128,051 $71,500
Sunnyvale, CA 17 149,596 $109,799
Simi Valley, CA 18 126,126 $91,196
Carlsbad, CA 19 112,008 $97,145
Thornton, CO 20 130,511 $69,417
Scottsdale, AZ 21 234,495 $76,543
Arvada, CO 22 113,532 $72,010
Chandler, AZ 23 242,131 $74,329
West Jordan, UT 24 110,928 $69,503
Anchorage, AK 25 299,321 $80,862
Carrollton, TX 26 129,266 $70,072
Huntington Beach, CA 27 198,724 $85,312
Torrance, CA 28 147,307 $80,862
Broken Arrow, OK 29 104,869 $68,596
Richardson, TX 30 108,350 $74,877
Rochester, MN 31 111,396 $65,195
Virginia Beach, VA 32 449,733 $67,719
Seattle, WA 33 668,849 $74,458
Sandy Springs, GA 34 102,212 $68,629
Roseville, CA 35 128,276 $78,446
Cambridge, MA 36 108,757 $83,122
Irvine, CA 37 246,992 $93,823
San Francisco, CA 38 850,282 $87,701
Round Rock, TX 39 112,767 $74,087
Westminster, CO 40 111,770 $69,805
Thousand Oaks, CA 41 128,623 $101,045
Chesapeake, VA 42 233,194 $69,978
Peoria, AZ 43 158,677 $66,163
Lewisville, TX 44 102,327 $57,549
Sioux Falls, SD 45 167,884 $54,110
Cedar Rapids, IA 46 129,537 $55,359
Daly City, CA 47 105,543 $79,346
Billings, MT 48 109,089 $52,944
San Jose, CA 49 1,009,363 $90,303
Odessa, TX 50 114,258 $60,619
Lakewood, CO 51 149,793 $58,227
Hillsboro, OR 52 100,462 $70,180
Temecula, CA 53 108,965 $83,840
San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 54 109,067 $70,541
Costa Mesa, CA 55 112,439 $70,438
Stamford, CT 56 127,410 $81,634
Santa Clarita, CA 57 180,303 $85,042
Downey, CA 58 113,223 $65,332
Orange, CA 59 139,919 $79,192
Pembroke Pines, FL 60 164,753 $62,702
Austin, TX 61 907,779 $60,939
Sterling Heights, MI 62 131,674 $60,492
Elk Grove, CA 63 163,634 $83,141
Corona, CA 64 161,614 $72,309
Santa Rosa, CA 65 173,165 $62,705
Pasadena, CA 66 140,268 $73,029
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 67 173,309 $79,973
Raleigh, NC 68 441,326 $58,641
Grand Prairie, TX 69 185,631 $60,246
Lincoln, NE 70 273,018 $51,126
Concord, CA 71 126,938 $71,477
Denver, CO 72 663,303 $56,258
Manchester, NH 73 110,231 $54,899
Surprise, AZ 74 127,492 $61,035
Aurora, IL 75 200,907 $63,967
Irving, TX 76 232,013 $54,868
Fargo, ND 77 115,950 $48,060
Charleston, SC 78 129,888 $57,603
Kent, WA 79 125,492 $61,033
Boise City, ID 80 218,677 $52,249
Hayward, CA 81 154,507 $68,138
Madison, WI 82 246,034 $56,464
Madison, WI 83 246,034 $56,464
Miramar, FL 84 133,741 $64,632
Henderson, NV 85 277,872 $64,277
Burbank, CA 86 104,583 $67,317
San Diego, CA 87 1,374,812 $68,117
Oceanside, CA 88 173,829 $58,949
Coral Springs, FL 89 127,673 $67,702
Amarillo, TX 90 197,570 $49,684
Joliet, IL 91 147,515 $61,834
Omaha, NE 92 443,072 $50,827
Colorado Springs, CO 93 448,759 $56,227
Aurora, CO 94 351,131 $55,303
Corpus Christi, TX 95 320,050 $52,154
Clovis, CA 96 102,148 $64,640
Norman, OK 97 118,974 $52,484
West Valley City, UT 98 134,609 $55,933
Murrieta, CA 99 108,583 $76,149
Arlington, TX 100 383,899 $53,574

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