Highest Income Cities in the United States
These are the ten highest income cities in the United States based upon median household income. Some of the cities on the list may be a surprise to some but the biggest surprise might be that New York City is not on the list as it ranks just 12th. A lot people make a lot of money in the New York metropolitan area but there are enough people in the area who have jobs that do not pay high salaries to keep New York city off this list. Only one state in the country has more than two cities on this list but it is not a state most people would guess.
San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose - $63,024 median household income
The San Francisco metropolitan area is the number one city in the United States based upon median household income. Fueled by the high income salaries available in Silicon Valley and all the tech jobs in the area people living in the San Francisco area have a very high living standard.
Washington, DC area - $57,291
The Washington DC area contains four of the highest income counties in the United States and Washington DC itself is the second highest income city in the United States with an average median household income of $57,291.
Anchorage, Alaska - $55,546
One can earn a good salary in Anchorage, Alaska but it's also expensive to live in Alaska because many goods in Alaska have to be shipped a long way from where they are manufactured. So one can make good money in Anchorage but must also spend the money to live.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota - $54,304
With an average median household income of $54,304 the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area is the 4th highest income city area in the United States and a great place to live as long as one doesn't mind the winter.
Boston, Massacusetts - $52,792
The greater Boston metropolitan area is an economic powerhouse filled with high paying jobs and lots of old wealth money. The average median household income in the Boston area ranks 5th in the United States at $52,188.
Hartford, Connecticut - $52,188
The insurance capital of the world is the 5th highest income city in the world at $52,188. Guess insurance jobs pay good salaries at least at the executive level.
Atlanta, Georgia - $51,948
The city that is home to Coca-Cola has the 6th highest average median income at $51,948 and Atlanta is the most wired city in the United States with WiFi Internet access all over the city.
Honolulu, Hawaii - $51,941
Like Anchorage, Alaska one can earn a high salary in Honolulu, Hawaii but again because most goods have to be transported a long way from where they are manufactured to Honolulu it's an expensive city to live in. But the weather is fantastic as are the views and the ocean.
Rochester, Minnesota - $51,316
Located in southeastern Minnesota the city of Rochester ranks 9th on the list of highest income cities in the United States with a median household income of $51,316 and is the second metropolitan area in Minnesota to make the list. Who knew you could make so much money in Minnesota?
Denver, Colorado - $51,088
The Denver-Boulder metropolitan area rounds out the list of highest income cities in the United States with an average median household income of $51,088. New York City used to be one of the top ten highest income cities in the USA and many people from New York have been moving to Colorado over the last few decades which could help explain why the Denver area makes the list as the New Yorkers moved west taking their money with them.
For more see 10 Highest Income Counties in the United States