Special Report

The Richest Town in Every State

Colorado: Genesee
> Median household income: $159,226 (state: $68,811)
> Poverty rate: 5.5% (state: 10.9%)
> Median home value: $694,900 (state: $313,600)
> Population: 3,766

Genesee is a small Census designated place located less than 20 miles west of Denver. Genesee has a median annual household income of nearly $160,000, more than double the state median. Genesee is the most highly-educated small city or town in Colorado, as 79% of residents 25 and older hold at least a bachelor’s degree. This level of education qualifies Genesee residents for many of the high-paying jobs in the Denver area.

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Connecticut: Darien
> Median household income: $210,511 (state: $76,106)
> Poverty rate: 3.1% (state: 10.0%)
> Median home value: $1,461,100 (state: $272,700)
> Population: 21,759

Darien is the wealthiest small municipality in one of the wealthiest states. Connecticut’s median annual household of $76,106 is about $26,000 more than the median nationwide. In Darien, a small Census-designated place in southwest Connecticut within commuting distance of New York City, the typical household earns $210,511.

The area’s high incomes are supported by access to high-paying jobs in nearby urban centers, which in addition to New York City, include Norwalk and Stamord in Connecticut. As is often the case in wealthy communities, real estate is not cheap in Darien. The typical area home is worth about $1.5 million.

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Delaware: North Star
> Median household income: $141,533 (state: $65,627)
> Poverty rate: 1.8% (state: 11.9%)
> Median home value: $444,400 (state: $244,700)
> Population: 7,441

North Star, Delaware, located about 10 miles west of Wilmington and 35 miles southwest of Philadelphia, has a median household income of $141,533, more than double the statewide median of $65,627. Incomes tend to rise with educational attainment, and in North Star, about two-thirds of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to fewer than one in every three adults across Delaware as a whole.

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Florida: Pinecrest
> Median household income: $153,417 (state: $53,267)
> Poverty rate: 5.5% (state: 14.8%)
> Median home value: $919,800 (state: $196,800)
> Population: 19,446

Pinecrest, Florida, is located a few miles south of Miami, just inland from Biscayne Bay. Most households in the town earn more than $150,000 annually, and more than one-third earn over $200,000. Due in part to a warm climate, proximity to the ocean, and access to a major city, homes in Pinecrest are expensive compared to statewide home values. Most homes in Pinecrest are worth over $900,000, while most Florida homes are worth less than $200,000.

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Georgia: Avondale Estates
> Median household income: $108,299 (state: $55,679)
> Poverty rate: 2.9% (state: 16.0%)
> Median home value: $349,500 (state: $166,800)
> Population: 3,135

Avondale Estates is a small city of approximately 3,100 residents located seven miles east of downtown Atlanta. The typical household in Avondale Estates earns $108,299 a year, nearly twice the state median income of $55,679 and far more than the national figure of $60,293.

People with higher educational attainment are more likely to hold higher-paying jobs. In Avondale Estates, 74.8% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, the largest share of any city in Georgia and more than twice the state college attainment rate of 30.7%.