When it comes to the United States, it seems that the Americans' income stretches from extreme poverty levels to extravagant lifestyles of the rich and famous. Throw a dart at a map of the United States and you won't hit two areas that have the same value or resident income. Of course, the States are a melting pot; not only of different cultures, but also of different incomes. But just as cultural diversity can lead to segregation, so too income diversity leads to notable societal divisions. If you're living in wealth and luxury, you're likely to want to be surrounded by like-minded people who live similar lifestyles. But where do the financially privileged people congregate and call home?
The Higley 1000, a site which studies racial integration in America's wealthiest neighbourhoods, recently released a list of the richest neighborhoods in the United States. Based on median income and home value, Higley calculated the richest living areas in the States based on census data from the American Community Survey 2006-2010. The list of 100 neighborhoods was compiled by professor emeritus of urban geography at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, Stephen R. Higley.
What are the top ten richest neighborhoods and what does the money look like? The answers are here, and the locations just might surprise you. The list focuses on small localities, on the total average income across neighborhoods, which has impacted the results quite significantly. If you're wondering why Manhattan isn't on the list, believe it or not, the median household income in neighborhoods like Midtown total about $434k...
10 Greenhaven, Rye, NY - $540,403 Median Household Income
9 Pelican Hill – Pelican Crest, Newport Beach, CA - $548,659 Median Household Income
8 Cameo Shores – Cameo Highlands, Newport Beach, CA - $554,721 Median Household Income
7 Swinks Mill – Dominion, McLean, VA - $562,596 Median Household Income
6 East Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL - $593,454 Median Household Income
5 Carderock – The Palisades, Potomac, MD - $595,669 Median Household Income
4 Old Cutler – Hammock Oaks, Coral Gables, FL - $596,851 Median Household Income
3 Potomac Manors, Potomac, MD - $599,331 Median Household Income
2 Bradley Manor-Longwood, Bethesda, MD - $599,440 Median Household Income
1 The Golden Triangle, Greenwich, CT -$614,212 Median Household Income
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