11. Maunawili, Hawaii
> Town median household income: $131,635
> State median household income: $69,515 (5th highest)
> Town poverty rate: 1.8%
> Town population: 2,149
The typical household in Maunawili, Hawaii earns $131,635 a year, more than any other town in state. High income towns tend to have relatively high home values, and this is especially the case in Maunawili. The median home value in Maunawili is $914,400, considerably higher than the median for Hawaii of $515,300, itself the highest of all states.
12. Eagle, Idaho
> Town median household income: $78,939
> State median household income: $47,583 (14th lowest)
> Town poverty rate: 5.1%
> Town population: 21,863
A suburb of the Boise metropolitan statistical area, Eagle is the wealthiest town in Idaho. The typical household in Eagle earns $78,939 a year, versus the $47,583 statewide median household income. Compared to low and average income areas, larger shares of residents of the richest towns tend to commute to neighboring urban areas. Eagle is something of an exception in this regard. An estimated 34% of workers living in Eagle are employed within the town’s borders, one of the largest shares among high income towns.
13. Winnetka, Illinois
> Town median household income: $211,773
> State median household income: $57,574 (17th highest)
> Town poverty rate: 1.8%
> Town population: 12,407
Winnetka, the wealthiest town in Illinois, is located about 20 miles north of downtown Chicago, along the western shore of Lake Michigan. With access to high paying jobs in the largest city in the Midwest, about 83% of Winnetka’s labor force does not work inside the town. High employment outside town of residence is generally very common among residents of high income areas. The typical household in town earns $211,773 a year, nearly four times the median income statewide.
14. St. John, Indiana
> Town median household income: $95,777
> State median household income: $49,255 (16th lowest)
> Town poverty rate: 2.9%
> Town population: 15,789
The typical household in St. John, the wealthiest town in Indiana, earns $95,777 a year, nearly twice the $49,225 median household income statewide. One reason for the high area incomes is the high level of education among town residents. An estimated 97.1% of St. John adults have graduated high school, the largest share in Indiana. Also, 37.6% of St. John adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, far more than the 24% statewide share. Nationwide, the typical high school graduate earns $8,000 more than the typical worker who did not finish high school, and college graduates earn $20,000 more.
15. Johnston, Iowa
> Town median household income: $97,457
> State median household income: $53,183 (24th highest)
> Town poverty rate: 4.7%
> Town population: 19,550
Johnston is located about 10 miles northwest of Des Moines, the largest city in Iowa. The affluent suburb’s poverty rate is only 4.7%, less than half the 12.5% statewide poverty rate, itself one of the lower rates of all states. High incomes and fewer people facing severe financial hardship means fewer Johnston residents rely on government assistance to meet their basic needs. Only 4.6% of the Johnston population receives SNAP benefits from the government, less than half the 11.7% statewide SNAP recipiency rate.
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