The Richest Town in Each State
46. Bethlehem, West Virginia
> Town median household income: $61,744
> State median household income: $41,043
> Town population: 2,543
Although Bethlehem is the wealthiest town in West Virginia, the percentage of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree was only slightly higher than the national rate, at 30.3% versus 28.8%. It was well above the state’s college attainment rate of 18.3%, however, which was the lowest such rate compared to all states. Also, Bethlehem was one of only 13 of each state’s richest town where less than 95% of adults had at least a high school diploma. Bethlehem’s poverty rate was well below the national poverty rate of 15.4%.
47. Maple Bluff, Wisconsin
> Town median household income: $129,306
> State median household income: $52,413
> Town population: 1,424
The median household income in Maple Bluff was the more than double the state median household income. Also, 33.2% of Maple Bluff households made more than $200,000 per year, more than 30 percentage points higher than the 2.9% of households who earned that much statewide. Similarly, 82.1% of adults had a bachelor’s degree or higher, 55.3 percentage points higher than the percentage of adults in the state with at least a four-year degree.
48. Green River, Wyoming
> Town median household income: $74,036
> State median household income: $57,406
> Town population: 12,632
The median household income in Green River, the richest in Wyoming, was about $16,630 greater than the entire state’s. While higher incomes are often associated with higher educational levels, Green River was an exception. Only 19.4% of adults in Green River had attained a bachelor’s degree or higher, lower than the corresponding state and national figures of 24.7% and 28.8% respectively.