41. South Dakota: Harrisburg
> Median household income: $77,151 (state: $52,078)
> Households earning $200,000 or more: 0.0% (state: 3.5%)
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 47.8% (state: 27.5%)
> Median home value: $172,300 (state: $146,700)
> Population: 5,129
The median household income in Harrisburg of $77,151 a year is the highest of any town in South Dakota and about $25,000 more than the median income statewide. A college degree can open opportunities to higher paying jobs, and cities and towns home to large college-educated populations are often relatively affluent. In Harrisburg, 47.8% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 27.5% of adults across the state and 30.3% of American adults.
Nationwide, high income towns are often situated in close proximity to major cities. Located less than 10 miles outside of Sioux Falls, the most populous city in South Dakota, Harrisburg is no different.
42. Tennessee: Oak Hill
> Median household income: $148,500 (state: $46,574)
> Households earning $200,000 or more: 32.6% (state: 3.5%)
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 77.2% (state: 25.4%)
> Median home value: $546,000 (state: $146,000)
> Population: 4,686
The typical household in the Nashville suburb of Oak Hill earns $148,500 a year, more than triple what the typical Tennessee household earns in a year. The area’s median income is no doubt driven up by the concentration of extreme wealth. Some 32.6% of Oak Hill households earn $200,000 per year or more, by far the largest share of any town in Tennessee and yearly 10 times the 3.5% share of high-earning households statewide.
Many high-paying jobs are only available to those with at least a bachelor’s degree, and in Oak Hill, 77.2% of the adult population has a four-year college education, well above the 25.4% share of college-educated adults statewide.
43. Texas: Bellaire
> Median household income: $187,805 (state: $54,727)
> Households earning $200,000 or more: 46.1% (state: 5.7%)
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 78.8% (state: 28.1%)
> Median home value: $770,500 (state: $142,700)
> Population: 18,140
Bellaire is a small suburb located southwest of downtown Houston — the most populous city in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. The typical household in Bellaire earns $187,895 a year, the most of any town in the state and more than triple the median income of $54,727 across the Lone Star State as a whole.
With the highest incomes in the state, the town also boasts a prohibitively expensive real estate market. The typical home in Bellaire is worth over three-quarters of a million dollars, by far the highest median home value of any town in the state.
44. Utah: Highland
> Median household income: $122,666 (state: $62,518)
> Households earning $200,000 or more: 19.2% (state: 4.6%)
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 56.3% (state: 31.7%)
> Median home value: $461,500 (state: $224,600)
> Population: 17,544
Highland’s median household income of $122,666 a year is nearly double the Utah’s median of $62,518 a year. High-paying jobs are often only available to those with high educational attainment, and in Highland, 56.3% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, well above the corresponding 30.3% of U.S. adults and the 31.7% of state adults.
Highland is located in the Provo-Orem metro area and is only about 30 miles south of downtown Salt Lake City.
45. Vermont: South Burlington
> Median household income: $66,728 (state: $56,104)
> Households earning $200,000 or more: 7.1% (state: 4.0%)
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 53.2% (state: 36.2%)
> Median home value: $271,900 (state: $218,900)
> Population: 18,704
The typical household in South Burlington earns $66,728 a year, over $10,000 more than the typical Vermont household. As is often the case in towns on this list, South Burlington also boasts the state’s lowest poverty rate. Just 6.2% of town residents live below the poverty line, well below the 11.6% state poverty rate and the 15.1% U.S. rate. South Burlington comprises part of the broader Burlington metropolitan area, the only metro area in the state.