The Richest Town in Each State

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36. Happy Valley, Oregon
> Town median household income:
$92,773
> State median household income: $50,229
> Town population: 14,931

In Happy Valley, the median household income was $42,544 greater than the median household income in all of Oregon. On the spectrum of income inequality, Oregon falls almost directly in the middle compared with other states. The difference between the median household income in Prineville, the state’s poorest town, and the median household income in Happy Valley is $62,814, the 24th smallest gap in the country.

37. Rosslyn Farms, Pennsylvania
> Town median household income:
$121,786
> State median household income: $52,548
> Town population: 498

The median household income in Rosslyn Farms was more than double each of the corresponding state and national income figures of $52,548 and $53,046, respectively. With 99.4% of adult residents having completed high school and slightly over 76% of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree, Rosslyn Farms residents are very well educated. Statewide, only 88.7% of adults had a high school diploma and 27.5% had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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38. Tega Cay, South Carolina
> Town median household income:
$108,958
> State median household income: $44,779
> Town population: 7,911

The median household income in Tega Cay was over $100,000, more than double the median household income of South Carolina. Tega Cay’s median income was also $82,628 higher than the median household income in Georgetown, South Carolina’s poorest town. At 59.2%, the town’s percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher was more than double the statewide figure of 25.1%.

39. Brandon, South Dakota
> Town median household income:
$66,943
> State median household income: $49,495
> Town population: 9,099

Brandon’s median household income of $66,943 was about $17,500 greater than the state’s median household income. South Dakota was one of only nine states where the difference between the richest and poorest towns was less than $30,000. Similarly, education levels in Brandon were only slightly higher than statewide levels. Some 30.5% of Brandon’s adult population had a bachelor’s degree or higher, versus 26.2% of adults across South Dakota.

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40. Nolensville, Tennessee
> Town median household income:
$102,870
> State median household income: $44,298
> Town population: 5,980

Nolensville, the richest town in Tennessee, had a median household income that was more than double the statewide median household income of $44,298. Nearly 90% Nolensville housing units were owned by their occupants. This was significantly higher than the corresponding state and national homeownership rates of 67.8% and 64.9%, respectively.