The Richest Town in Each State

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31. Scarsdale, New York
> Town median household income:
$233,311
> State median household income: $58,003
> Town population: 17,337

At $175,308, New York had the greatest difference in median household income between its richest town and the rest of the state. In Scarsdale, 57.8% of households earned more than $200,000 annually — the highest such share out of the richest towns in every state. Nearly 86% of adults in Scarsdale had a bachelor’s degree or higher, an exceptionally high educational attainment rate when compared to the state and national rate of 33.2% and 28.8%, respectively.

32. Harrisburg, North Carolina
> Town median household income:
$81,808
> State median household income: $46,334
> Town population: 12,955

The Charlotte suburb of Harrisburg, the richest town in North Carolina, had a median household income of $81,808, or $57,299 greater than Marion, the state’s poorest town. In Harrisburg, 96.2% of adults had at least a high school diploma, more than 10 percentage points higher than the statewide figure of 84.9%. Similarly, at 39.9%, the percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Harrisburg was more than 10 percentage points higher than the corresponding statewide rate of 27.3%.

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33. Horace, North Dakota
> Town median household income:
$86,071
> State median household income: $53,741
> Town population: 2,461

The median household income in Horace was $32,330 higher than the median household income for all of North Dakota. At 38.3%, the percentage of adults in Horace with a bachelor’s degree or higher was over 10 percentage points higher than the statewide rate of 27.2%. With 96.5% of housing units owned by their occupants, North Dakota’s richest town had a higher homeownership rate than the richest town of any other state.

34. Powell, Ohio
> Town median household income:
$132,598
> State median household income: $48,308
> Town population: 11,746

Powell, Ohio’s richest town, had a median household income of $132,598 — $84,290 greater than the corresponding statewide figure. More than 70% of adults in Powell had a bachelor’s degree or higher, more than 40 percentage points higher than the statewide rate. Higher levels of education frequently offer better and higher paying job opportunities. Higher incomes, in turn, are associated with higher homeownership rates. Nearly 95% homes in Powell were occupied by their owners, well above the national homeownership rate of about 65%.

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35. Jenks, Oklahoma
> Town median household income:
$84,491
> State median household income: $45,339
> Town population: 17,560

With a median household income of $84,491, Jenks is the richest town in Oklahoma. At 5.5%, the percentage of households earning more than $200,000 annually was only slightly higher than the 4.8% of households nationwide earning at least $200,000. About 45% of adults in the town had a bachelor’s degree or higher, almost double to the corresponding statewide rate of 23.5%.