These Are The 10 Richest Places In California


We analyzed over 641 places in California to determine where the 1% live.

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Blackhawk, Palos Verdes Estates, Orinda: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in California. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Golden State.

Blackhawk in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $167,875 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.5%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in California share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 641 places in California with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Golden State:

  1. Blackhawk
  2. Palos Verdes Estates
  3. Orinda
  4. Mill Valley
  5. Woodside
  6. Alamo
  7. La Ca
  8. Los Altos
  9. Ladera Ranch
  10. Rolling Hills Estates

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in California? That would be Mendota.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In California

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 641 places with more than 5,000 people in California, we ranked each place from 1 to 641 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Blackhawk, crowned the “Richest Place In California”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 641 places.

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1. Blackhawk


Population: 9,297
Median Income: $167,875
Poverty Level: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

2. Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Estates, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,568
Median Income: $171,328
Poverty Level: 3.4%
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%

3. Orinda

Orinda, California

Source: City Of Orinda On Facebook

Population: 18,390
Median Income: $166,866
Poverty Level: 1.4%
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

4. Mill Valley

Mill Valley, California

Source: Thatӓ The Mill Valley City Hall Not Someoneӓ House. Wikipedia.

Population: 14,178
Median Income: $132,192
Poverty Level: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

5. Woodside

Woodside, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,427
Median Income: $206,528
Poverty Level: 4.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

6. Alamo


Population: 15,639
Median Income: $163,151
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

7. La Ca

La Ca, California

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,477
Median Income: $151,786
Poverty Level: 2.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

8. Los Altos

Los Altos, California

Source: City Of Los Altos On Facebook

Population: 29,762
Median Income: $157,500
Poverty Level: 2.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

9. Ladera Ranch


Population: 26,010
Median Income: $131,952
Poverty Level: 3.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

10. Rolling Hills Estates

Rolling Hills Estates, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,184
Median Income: $136,477
Poverty Level: 4.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In California

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in California, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in California. When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in CA, according to data:

Poorest: Mendota
2nd Poorest: West Modesto
3rd Poorest: Oasis
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In California

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Blackhawk 1 9,297 $167,875 2.5% 3.2%
Palos Verdes Estates 2 13,568 $171,328 3.4% 2.1%
Orinda 3 18,390 $166,866 1.4% 4.9%
Mill Valley 4 14,178 $132,192 2.7% 4.1%
Woodside 5 5,427 $206,528 4.0% 3.4%
Alamo 6 15,639 $163,151 2.3% 5.7%
La Ca 7 20,477 $151,786 2.0% 5.7%
Los Altos 8 29,762 $157,500 2.8% 5.5%
Ladera Ranch 9 26,010 $131,952 3.5% 4.8%
Rolling Hills Estates 10 8,184 $136,477 4.1% 3.7%
Manhattan Beach 11 35,534 $142,071 3.6% 5.1%
Hillsborough 12 11,148 $250,001 3.5% 5.8%
North Tustin 13 25,724 $123,270 3.7% 5.0%
Saratoga 14 30,627 $167,917 3.2% 6.3%
Rossmoor 15 10,816 $114,239 2.7% 5.1%
Los Altos Hills 16 8,244 $224,271 5.4% 4.8%
Corte Madera 17 9,478 $113,279 3.8% 4.5%
La Habra Heights 18 5,398 $111,250 3.9% 3.4%
Rancho Palos Verdes 19 42,282 $120,697 4.3% 4.7%
Rancho Santa Margarita 20 48,758 $104,952 2.8% 5.0%
Dublin 21 49,694 $114,699 3.5% 5.3%
Danville 22 42,891 $140,616 3.6% 6.4%
Kentfield 23 6,667 $175,573 5.7% 4.9%
San Ramon 24 73,826 $129,062 3.6% 6.0%
Los Gatos 25 30,163 $122,860 4.6% 5.6%
Atherton 26 7,034 $250,001 4.7% 6.7%
Las Flores CDP (Orange County) 27 6,311 $121,696 5.3% 5.1%
Foster City 28 31,809 $114,651 3.5% 6.6%
Gold River 29 7,658 $102,500 4.4% 5.0%
Piedmont 30 10,957 $212,222 7.3% 4.6%
Palo Alto 31 65,998 $126,771 5.4% 5.7%
Pleasanton 32 73,164 $123,608 3.8% 7.1%
Hermosa Beach 33 19,725 $105,029 5.4% 4.8%
Lucas Valley-Marinwood 34 6,168 $129,389 5.5% 6.0%
Tiburon 35 9,100 $130,661 3.9% 7.2%
Rancho Murieta 36 5,804 $103,750 3.3% 6.8%
Lafayette 37 24,685 $138,073 6.3% 5.9%
Kensington 38 5,351 $136,625 7.5% 4.2%
San Carlos 39 29,166 $125,747 4.3% 7.5%
Coto de Caza 40 14,647 $166,328 2.8% 8.2%
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley 41 10,331 $138,598 4.3% 7.6%
El Dorado Hills 42 43,862 $118,306 4.5% 7.4%
Cupertino 43 59,787 $134,872 4.2% 7.9%
Bear Valley Springs 44 5,058 $82,761 4.2% 5.4%
Yorba Linda 45 66,335 $115,994 2.8% 8.0%
Hercules 46 24,596 $100,267 6.2% 5.7%
Half Moon Bay 47 11,803 $103,239 1.8% 7.7%
Menlo Park 48 32,792 $115,650 7.1% 5.9%
Redondo Beach 49 67,511 $103,064 5.3% 6.9%
Aliso Viejo 50 49,437 $102,325 4.7% 7.4%
Moraga 51 16,549 $132,651 4.7% 8.1%
Scotts Valley 52 11,711 $102,927 4.9% 7.3%
Millbrae 53 22,177 $91,846 4.8% 6.8%
Belmont 54 26,503 $106,287 5.6% 7.2%
Villa Park 55 5,911 $150,864 1.6% 8.9%
Pacifica 56 38,283 $96,875 5.5% 6.6%
Livermore 57 83,901 $99,683 5.8% 6.7%
San Marino 58 13,294 $119,300 8.5% 5.6%
Loomis 59 6,589 $82,813 3.1% 7.1%
El Granada 60 5,377 $110,000 6.2% 7.2%
Burlingame 61 29,618 $90,890 6.9% 5.0%
Poway 62 49,040 $96,315 5.8% 6.8%
Cerritos 63 49,599 $91,487 3.9% 7.5%
Jamul 64 5,445 $109,492 5.2% 7.7%
La Crescenta-Montrose 65 20,241 $89,737 6.8% 5.5%
Coronado 66 24,333 $90,876 6.8% 5.7%
Stevenson Ranch 67 18,832 $114,555 5.2% 8.0%
Lake Forest 68 78,940 $92,781 6.8% 6.4%
Granite Bay 69 22,646 $118,063 3.2% 9.0%
Campbell 70 40,327 $91,269 7.0% 6.1%
Folsom 71 73,334 $100,163 4.3% 8.1%
San Diego Country Estates 72 10,191 $100,849 4.8% 8.0%
Fremont 73 221,654 $103,591 6.0% 7.6%
Sierra Madre 74 11,060 $90,780 7.7% 5.1%
Calabasas 75 23,956 $117,176 8.2% 6.9%
Clayton 76 11,328 $131,136 3.5% 9.3%
Cypress 77 48,748 $83,819 6.6% 5.7%
Mission Viejo 78 95,246 $98,157 5.2% 7.7%
Rio del Mar 79 9,240 $95,938 7.9% 5.8%
Westlake Village 80 8,393 $115,550 4.9% 8.6%
Discovery Bay 81 14,315 $112,063 4.6% 8.7%
Walnut 82 29,822 $100,934 6.5% 7.5%
Agoura Hills 83 20,630 $107,268 5.0% 8.3%
Alta Sierra 84 6,902 $68,792 2.7% 6.4%
El Segundo 85 16,839 $84,004 7.2% 6.3%
Mountain View 86 76,741 $100,028 7.6% 7.2%
Moorpark 87 35,033 $99,353 6.5% 7.6%
Laguna Beach 88 23,114 $97,881 7.6% 7.1%
Camarillo 89 65,985 $87,120 5.0% 7.7%
Montecito 90 9,444 $130,129 8.5% 7.6%
Contra Costa Centre 91 6,031 $87,721 8.0% 6.2%
Newport Beach 92 86,594 $107,991 8.8% 7.2%
Redwood City 93 79,736 $81,955 7.3% 6.6%
Newark 94 43,635 $86,521 6.7% 7.4%
Valley Center 95 9,872 $85,176 7.7% 6.7%
San Mateo 96 100,114 $90,087 7.3% 7.4%
Walnut Creek 97 65,923 $80,399 6.5% 7.1%
Oak Park 98 14,512 $117,326 4.8% 9.7%
Sausalito 99 7,043 $111,702 5.7% 9.0%
Diamond Bar 100 56,259 $90,901 6.3% 8.0%

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