16. Andover, Kansas
> Town median household income: $83,608
> State median household income: $52,205 (25th lowest)
> Town poverty rate: 2.7%
> Town population: 12,293
The typical Andover household earns $83,608 a year, roughly $31,000 more than the median household income across Kansas of $52,205. The area’s incomes are likely bolstered by the large share of town adults with a college education. Some 47% of Andover adults have a bachelor’s degree, versus the 31% statewide share. Some of the largest employers in the town are the Andover Unified School District #385, Kansas Medical Center, and Sherwin-Williams. As is generally the case in high income areas, however, the vast majority of Andover residents, 80%, are employed outside of the town’s borders.
17. Burlington, Kentucky
> Town median household income: $69,932
> State median household income: $43,740 (5th lowest)
> Town poverty rate: 8.0%
> Town population: 16,892
Located about 16 miles from downtown Cincinnati across the Ohio River, Burlington is the wealthiest town in Kentucky. The typical Burlington household earns $69,932 a year, compared to the median income statewide of $43,740. While high incomes in an area can often be partially explained by high educational attainment, this is not the case in Burlington. Only 25.3% of Burlington adults have a bachelor’s degree, versus the 22.3% state figure but less than seven other towns in Kentucky with populations between 1,000 and 25,000.
18. Shenandoah, Louisiana
> Town median household income: $88,990
> State median household income: $45,047 (7th lowest)
> Town poverty rate: 4.8%
> Town population: 18,874
Louisiana is one of the poorest states in the country. Not all parts of the state report such low incomes however. The typical household in Shenandoah earns nearly $89,000 a year, or about $35,100 more than the typical American household. Located just east of the state capital Baton Rouge, about nine in every 10 working Shenandoah residents commute to a job outside of the town.
19. Saco, Maine
> Town median household income: $53,715
> State median household income: $49,331 (17th lowest)
> Town poverty rate: 10.0%
> Town population: 18,874
Despite ranking as the wealthiest town in Maine, the typical household in Saco earns only $53,715 a year, in line with the median income nationwide. High-paying industries that require higher levels of education are not especially common in the region. Some 31.9% of adults in Saco have at least bachelor’s degree. While this is a slightly higher share than the 29.0% of Maine adults with similar education, it is one of the smallest such shares among high income towns on this list.
20. Travilah, Maryland
> Town median household income: $206,827
> State median household income: $74,551 (the highest)
> Town poverty rate: 3.9%
> Town population: 12,106
One of only a handful of U.S. towns with a median household income above $200,000, Travilah, Maryland is the richest town in the richest state in the country. Many high paying jobs are often only available to college-educated workers, and slightly more than 75% of adults in Travilah have at least a bachelor’s degree. In comparison, only about 30% of American adults have similar educational attainment.