The Richest Town in Each State

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41. West University Place, Texas
> Town median household income:
$205,136
> State median household income: $51,900
> Town population: 15,033

The median household income in West University Place was nearly four times the state median household income and slightly more than $182,000 greater than the median household income in Crockett, Texas’ poorest town. Texas was one of only four states where more than half of all households in the richest town earned at least $200,000 annually. Given the town’s name, it should come as no surprise that more than 86% of adults had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

42. Fruit Heights, Utah
> Town median household income:
$99,545
> State median household income: $58,821
> Town population: 5,191

At 12.9%, the share of households making at least $200,000 annually in Fruit Heights was more than triple the statewide share of 3.6%. Fruit Heights also had a relatively well educated adult population. More than 50% of adults had at least a bachelor’s degree, nearly double the corresponding national percentage of 28.8%.

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43. South Burlington, Vermont
> Town median household income:
$64,756
> State median household income: $54,267
> Town population: 18,163

South Burlington’s median household income was just over $10,000 greater than Vermont’s median household income. However, at 64.6%, the homeownership rate in South Burlington was significantly less than the 71.0% statewide rate. Vermont was one of only six states where the richest town had a lower homeownership rate than the countywide rate of 64.9%.

44. Vienna, Virginia
> Town median household income:
$126,991
> State median household income: $63,907
> Town population: 15,958

Nearly one-quarter of all households in Vienna, Virginia’s richest town, earned at least $200,000 annually. Despite its relative affluence, Vienna was one of only 13 of the richest towns where less than 95% of adults had at least a high school diploma. However, nearly 65% of adults had a bachelor’s degree or higher, more than double the corresponding national rate of 28.8%.

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45. Mercer Island, Washington
> Town median household income:
$126,359
> State median household income: $59,478
> Town population: 23,301

Mercer Island, the richest town in Washington, had a median household income about $96,000 greater than the median household income in the state’s poorest town. Also, the town’s poverty rate of 3.1% was over 10 percentage points lower than the statewide poverty rate of 13.4%. More than three-quarters of the town’s adult population had at least a bachelor’s degree, far higher than the 28.8% of adults nationwide with a bachelor’s degree.