These Are The 10 Richest Cities In America For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the richest cities in America.

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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.

So, what’s the richest big city in America according to the data? Per the most recent ACS data, the richest city in America is Pearland, TX. You can check out how Texas ranked overall in our richest states in America.

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:

How We Determined The Wealthiest Cities in The US For 2019

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey.

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 they ear, so we can take a fresh look at it.

And, to be clear, we measured the 293 largest cities in America with over 100,000 people. 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 293 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.

Pearland, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 113,693
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $102,124 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (6th best)
More on Pearland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pearland, Texas is cute, wealthy suburb in Texas that took over Frisco for the richest in the country. This rich little enclave is just outside of Houston.

Folks here rank 10th for income levels, and 5th-lowest for number of people living in poverty (4%).

Frisco, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 155,363
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $120,701 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (16th best)
More on Frisco: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 second richest city in America, down a peg from last year, is a little nook just outside of Dallas. Residents here have the highest annual salaries in America. So now you know.

Centennial, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 108,448
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $100,770 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (12th best)
More on Centennial: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Cary, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 159,715
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $97,755 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (8th best)
More on Cary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fremont, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 230,964
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $122,191 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (34th best)
More on Fremont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mckinney, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 164,760
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,608 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (2nd best)
More on Mckinney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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..

San Mateo, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 103,500
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Income: $103,399 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (16th best)
More on San Mateo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Welcome to San Mateo for its first appearance on this list jumping up six spots and knocking off Napervolle.

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.

Santa Clara, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 124,635
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $108,609 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (22nd best)
More on Santa Clara: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Santa Clara provides another California city to the richest in America while knocking out Bellevue from last.

Residents here earn the 5th-highest incomes in the entire nation. The fact that its close to San Jose and San Francisco with its booming tech scene really helps drive up the local salary numbers.

Olathe, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 134,368
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $82,649 (31st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (8th best)
More on Olathe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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?

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 186,147
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $78,217 (37th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (6th best)
More on Overland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rounding out the top 10 wealthiest cities in the US is Overland Park.

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.

There You Have It — The Wealthiest Cities in America For 2019

After the analysis was over, we crowned Frisco, Texas as the richest city in America for 2019.

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. Detroit
  2. Cleveland
  3. Dayton

For more reading, check out:

Richest Cities In America For 2019

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Pearland, TX 113,693 $102,124.0
2 Frisco, TX 155,363 $120,701.0
3 Centennial, CO 108,448 $100,770.0
4 Cary, NC 159,715 $97,755.0
5 Fremont, CA 230,964 $122,191.0
6 Mckinney, TX 164,760 $87,608.0
7 San Mateo, CA 103,500 $103,399.0
8 Santa Clara, CA 124,635 $108,609.0
9 Olathe, KS 134,368 $82,649.0
10 Overland Park, KS 186,147 $78,217.0
11 Plano, TX 281,566 $88,578.0
12 Bellevue, WA 139,014 $105,402.0
13 Sunnyvale, CA 151,565 $118,314.0
14 Naperville, IL 146,431 $114,014.0
15 Gilbert, AZ 232,176 $87,566.0
16 Carlsbad, CA 113,147 $102,722.0
17 Alexandria, VA 154,710 $93,370.0
18 Arvada, CO 115,320 $75,640.0
19 Midland, TX 131,286 $75,646.0
20 Scottsdale, AZ 239,283 $80,306.0
21 Simi Valley, CA 126,546 $93,516.0
22 Huntington Beach, CA 200,415 $88,079.0
23 West Jordan, UT 111,937 $72,083.0
24 Thornton, CO 132,310 $73,517.0
25 Carrollton, TX 131,240 $73,218.0
26 Chandler, AZ 245,160 $77,278.0
27 Torrance, CA 147,190 $85,070.0
28 Broken Arrow, OK 106,264 $70,788.0
29 Richardson, TX 111,055 $76,719.0
30 Anchorage, AK 298,225 $82,271.0
31 Thousand Oaks, CA 128,909 $103,793.0
32 Westminster, CO 111,895 $70,990.0
33 Roseville, CA 130,705 $81,119.0
34 San Francisco, CA 864,263 $96,265.0
35 Seattle, WA 688,245 $79,565.0
36 Virginia Beach, VA 450,057 $70,500.0
37 Round Rock, TX 116,369 $76,295.0
38 Sandy Springs, GA 103,703 $70,920.0
39 Daly City, CA 106,480 $86,342.0
40 Cambridge, MA 110,893 $89,145.0
41 Rochester, MN 112,683 $68,574.0
42 Hillsboro, OR 102,396 $75,599.0
43 San Jose, CA 1,023,031 $96,662.0
44 Irvine, CA 256,877 $95,573.0
45 Orange, CA 140,289 $83,500.0
46 Chesapeake, VA 235,410 $72,214.0
47 Lakewood, CO 151,411 $61,058.0
48 Sioux Falls, SD 170,401 $56,714.0
49 Peoria, AZ 161,383 $69,589.0
50 Billings, MT 109,082 $55,585.0
51 Lewisville, TX 103,638 $59,964.0
52 Costa Mesa, CA 112,930 $75,109.0
53 Cedar Rapids, IA 130,330 $56,828.0
54 Santa Clarita, CA 209,489 $90,544.0
55 San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 110,153 $72,859.0
56 Hayward, CA 156,917 $74,927.0
57 Pembroke Pines, FL 166,530 $65,805.0
58 Austin, TX 916,906 $63,717.0
59 Temecula, CA 110,722 $87,115.0
60 Sterling Heights, MI 131,996 $62,344.0
61 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 174,573 $83,736.0
62 Downey, CA 113,358 $68,162.0
63 Pasadena, CA 141,231 $76,264.0
64 Raleigh, NC 449,477 $61,505.0
65 Charleston, SC 131,204 $61,367.0
66 Santa Rosa, CA 174,244 $67,144.0
67 Denver, CO 678,467 $60,098.0
68 Elk Grove, CA 166,228 $85,556.0
69 Stamford, CT 128,851 $84,893.0
70 Corona, CA 163,585 $73,594.0
71 Concord, CA 128,160 $76,500.0
72 Irving, TX 235,648 $58,196.0
73 West Valley City, UT 135,546 $59,954.0
74 Grand Prairie, TX 188,664 $62,589.0
75 Fargo, ND 118,099 $50,561.0
76 Surprise, AZ 129,534 $62,927.0
77 Aurora, IL 200,946 $66,848.0
78 Davie, FL 101,543 $64,170.0
79 Odessa, TX 115,930 $61,541.0
80 Lincoln, NE 277,315 $53,089.0
81 Henderson, NV 284,817 $66,939.0
82 Boise City, ID 220,859 $54,547.0
83 Coral Springs, FL 130,110 $70,768.0
84 Miramar, FL 136,415 $66,560.0
85 Aurora, CO 357,323 $58,343.0
86 Madison, WI 248,856 $59,387.0
87 Madison, WI 248,856 $59,387.0
88 Omaha, NE 463,081 $53,789.0
89 Clovis, CA 104,411 $68,682.0
90 Manchester, NH 110,601 $56,467.0
91 Kent, WA 126,561 $64,573.0
92 Murfreesboro, TN 126,188 $57,753.0
93 Oceanside, CA 174,811 $61,778.0
94 San Diego, CA 1,390,966 $71,535.0
95 West Covina, CA 107,786 $74,551.0
96 Burbank, CA 104,765 $69,118.0
97 Garden Grove, CA 174,812 $62,675.0
98 Norwalk, CA 106,404 $63,669.0
99 Murrieta, CA 110,043 $80,373.0
100 Amarillo, TX 197,823 $51,198.0

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