The 10 Richest Cities In The United States For 2022


We looked at the most recent census data to determine where the 1% call home.

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Does being rich make you a happier person?

Maybe not.

According to a recent study, if you earn about $95,000 a year, you're optimally happy. Any more than that, and you're not. Surprised by that? We were. I think just about everyone who's reading this would think, "Give me a million bucks, I'll be happy as heck!"

Happiness isn't the metric we're measuring, today, however. It's pretty easy to see where the richest people live. You just have to measure how much money people make, and who has the best jobs in every city. Or, you could just see where people like this live and try and get on their good side.

Where do you go if you want to see the richest people in the nation? We're not talking about individuals. We mean, specifically, which parts of the country.

The general assumption is going to be suburbs of major cities where people live in big homes, away from the grimy, packed downtown areas. Yes, we took that into account, but you also have to assume the richest cities in America are going to be where people have amazing jobs.

The cities we're about to mention are pretty wealthy, overall.

Is everyone in these places loaded? No. But are most of their bank accounts pretty fat? Yeah they are.

So, what's the richest big city in America according to the data? Per the most recent ACS data, the richest city in America is Cary, NC.You can check out how NC ranked overall in our richest states in America.

To see exactly how we calculated these rankings, read on.

Or if you're simply not interested in reading about the high and mighty, and you don't care about this list, check out:

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in America.

The 10 Richest Cities In America For 2022

Here in Cary, North Carolina, things couldn't be more rich. Cary is just a perfect little slice of heaven outside of Raleigh. At least that's what the locals would tell you.

Only 3.26% of residents here are without work, and if you drive around town long enough, it'll be clear; anyone who wants a job here can get a job. If you're out of work in Cary, it's your own damn fault.

It may not be a very large place, but people's bank accounts are pretty large. Families earn the 3rd highest incomes in the whole state. It's a great place to raise kids. It's safe. You won't see too many police officers around, but when they police are called, they show up in minutes.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 169,177
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Income: $107,463 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (6th best)
More on Cary: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Cary, NC

We're climbing higher and higher up the money tree, as we visit the very wealthy city of Centennial, Colorado. Folks here have great jobs, work hard, and hardly anyone in town struggles to make ends meet.

This is where a lot of the rich and fancy residents live with their families. People here earn on average, the 13th highest incomes overall, and only 3.56% of people who live here don't have a job. For a state this large, that's crazy low.
In fact, People in other parts of the nearby areas generally stereotype this part of the state as being wealthy and stuck up. Well, that's probably because the students have better cars than their teachers.

There's a lot of old money here, too. Rich people can spend all their money and then they're broke. But wealthy people - like old money people will never spend all their money. They can't even do it if they tried. People come here to find jobs and for a more peaceful and better quality of life.

Crazy Rich Asians would maybe even consider buying a home here.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 111,331
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $109,767 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (19th best)
More on Centennial: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Centennial, CO

Where's our 3rd richest city in the entire nation? That would be Frisco, Texas -- a little nook just outside of Dallas.

It's sorta like Dynasty. Many people here are loaded. Just about all households who live here earn well over $100,000 a year annually. Some parts of this area are just off the charts out of touch with reality. Households here vary between two-income homes when both parents have great jobs, or households where there's one primary earner in the top tier of their industry. Doctors, lawyers, business owners and entrepreneurs.

Most of the well to do here frequent Whole Foods, Starbucks, Core Power or LuLuLemon.

Do you think they know they're the richest people in the state? I think that's a safe bet.

Is it snobby here? Maybe from an outsiders standpoint, but it might be more of a shallow suburban type of vibe. Does being rich make you out of touch with reality? Perhaps.

But money does indeed buy happiness. Just ask someone without it.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 188,387
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $128,761 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (25th best)
More on Frisco: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Frisco, TX

In real estate, your neighbors matter. Along those lines, Sunnyvale sits in a good neighborhood. Immediately to the south, you've got Cupertino, home of Apple. Just down the road, you have Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley. And about an hour north, you'll find San Francisco, the crown jewel of the Bay Area.

No wonder rich tech executives and investors have landed in Sunnyvale. You can see their impact on the stats. The town of 152569 high-priced residents has a median income of $150,464 and a median home value of $1397200.0.

What do these folks get for their money? Well, good schools and plenty of amenities, of course. They also get an excellent location by the bay. Residents can head down to places like Baylands Park, stare across the water, and plot their next venture capital strategy.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 152,569
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Median Income: $150,464 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (26th best)
More on Sunnyvale: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Sunnyvale, CA

Our next stop, Fremont, California, probably won't come as a surprise to anyone who lives in the state. When you think of wealthy areas in California, some people may think Beverly Hills or Sunnyvale. But in fact, it's the jam-packed east bay city of Fremont that's the wealthiest in all of the Golden State. Households here make earn the 2nd highest incomes. The residents here aren't necessarily famous, but they're definitely rich.

While you may see people in this city driving around in fancy cars, odds are people you meet there are really comfortable. In fact, people here are more likely to downplay their money than show it off. One reason people are 'rich' in Fremont is the fact that salaries are so inflated because the cost of living is so high. So, you're not as 'rich' in Fremont as you would be in, say, Cary, NC.

And while it might be easy to scoff at the success of folks here, you have to remember, just about everyone here worked their butts off to get to where they are.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 234,829
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $142,374 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (36th best)
More on Fremont: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Fremont, CA

Welcome to Bellevue, Washington, our 6th most richest city in America. Some of these neighborhoods are where you go to for sell Girl Scout cookies or candy bars or where all the poor kids go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Their workforce is also among the best-educated in the state, too. Better-educated workers tend to make more money. This city has it all - Grand houses. Great schools. Excellent tennis instructors. The very best groundskeepers and gated-subdivision on-call security guards around.

If you're a kid here, your allowance is probably more than your teacher's salary.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 146,145
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $129,497 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (16th best)
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Bellevue, WA

Who are the 7th richest people in the entire country? That would be the people in Pearland, Texas. And you can bet that many of the residents here are aware of the fact that they're only the second richest people in the state, too.

Here, the average income per household is much more than you and I would earn every year. It's the kind of place where you see soccer moms running errands in the middle of the day, where landscaping crews do their duty, and where the everyone's biggest concern is who is going to try and take their money away from them.

There is no struggling here. It's a different type of place from the rest of the state. Everything is just...peaceful. If Scrooge McDuck was real, he'd probably have a home here, don't you think? This rich little enclave is just outside of Houston. Folks here rank 19th for income levels, and 2nd-lowest for number of people living in poverty (3.51%).

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 125,817
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Income: $102,764 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (29th best)
More on Pearland: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Pearland, TX

The HomeSnacks money train takes its next stop in Olathe, Kansas. Okay, thanks Mr. Obvious. Just about everyone in Kansas knows these people are loaded. This place has a ton of money. Overall, the average households bring in pretty big salaries every year. This might sound like a decent chunk of change, but when you think about how much it costs to live here, suddenly it might not seem like a lot.

You won't see condos here. There are very little liquor stores or smoke shops. Crime is something that happens in other cities, not here. While it's idyllic in many places, it can be quite...boring.

How does 20% of Kansas rank as the wealthiest cities in the nation? Well, maybe there's a lot less about the midwest than you thought you knew, kiddo. Frankly speaking, Kansas is one of the best places you can live. It's safe, friendly, and there are great schools. It's just plain boring is all. But hey -- you could spend your days counting your money, right?

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 139,216
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,548 (32nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (4th best)
More on Olathe: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Olathe, KS

We continue our money train tour of the state as we stop in the city of Overland Park, Kansas. What? How in the heck did they get so much money here?

They have to be doing something right in here. Families earn the 7th highest incomes in the state. In addition, this city has a low unemployment rate, and one of the state's lowest poverty rates. Only 1 in 11 people here lives in poverty. While that might seem high, for an entire city, it's really low.

Do people work hard in this city? After all, it has a stereotype as being a very snobby city. But snobs can work hard, can't they? In fact, most have bigger bank account than you will ever have.

Ca Ching, Ca Ching, Ca Ching. Great jobs, low unemployment and a really low cost of living makes this Prairie State city one of the best places you could live if you wanted to earn a great living.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 193,412
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $87,629 (46th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (5th best)
More on Overland Park: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 105,410
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 15)
Median Income: $108,979 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (32nd best)
More on League City: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

League City, TX

Methodology: How We Determined The Wealthiest Cities in The US For 2022

When HomeSnacks looks at a place to live, we study the stats you can find anywhere on the web. You can get just about any demographic on just about any city center.

For this analysis we used the -- U.S. Census 2016-2020 American Community Survey.

For this study, we considered the following categories:

  • # of residents living in poverty
  • Income rank
  • % of population unemployed

The census just updated their data at the end of they ear, so we can take a fresh look at it.

And, to be clear, we measured the 306 largest cities in America with over 100,000 people. So, while your little small town might be rollin' in the dough, we're only looking at the most populated areas.

To score the cities, we ranked each one from 1 to 306 where 1 is the "richest" for that category. We then averaged the three rankings into a rich score with the lowest overall score being crowned richest in America. You can download the data here.

Summary: The Wealthiest Cities in America For 2022

After the analysis was over, we crowned Cary as the richest city in America for 2022.

In most of these cities, people have it made, financially. They have new homes, drive new cars, and have bright futures. But this comes at a cost. Long work hours means more stress and less family time. Keeping up with friends and neighbors means private school, after school activities and two huge car payments. For some, it's the only way to live.

For the rest of America, we can feel better about ourselves when we define rich as love, friends, health or the little things in life.

While it's good news for the cities we mentioned, we have to mention the poorest cities in America. Would you have guessed Detroit, Cleveland and Hartford, Connecticut? Probably.

Here's a look at the poorest cities in America:

  1. Detroit
  2. Cleveland
  3. Hartford

For more reading, check out:

Richest Cities In The United States For 2022

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Cary, NC 169,177 $107,463
2 Centennial, CO 111,331 $109,767
3 Frisco, TX 188,387 $128,761
4 Sunnyvale, CA 152,569 $150,464
5 Fremont, CA 234,829 $142,374
6 Bellevue, WA 146,145 $129,497
7 Pearland, TX 125,817 $102,764
8 Olathe, KS 139,216 $96,548
9 Overland Park, KS 193,412 $87,629
10 League City, TX 105,410 $108,979
11 Naperville, IL 147,734 $127,648
12 Mckinney, TX 191,197 $100,775
13 Santa Clara, CA 126,723 $136,870
14 Scottsdale, AZ 254,995 $91,042
15 Allen, TX 104,040 $113,719
16 Gilbert, AZ 248,349 $99,154
17 Arvada, CO 120,229 $92,669
18 Alexandria, VA 158,309 $102,227
19 Plano, TX 288,870 $96,348
20 Thousand Oaks, CA 127,648 $108,377
21 West Jordan, UT 115,181 $84,722
22 Meridian, ID 107,787 $76,403
23 Carrollton, TX 137,319 $82,345
24 Sugar Land, TX 118,563 $123,261
25 San Mateo, CA 103,619 $126,102
26 Sandy Springs, GA 108,180 $80,998
27 Simi Valley, CA 125,768 $99,245
28 Renton, WA 101,871 $79,824
29 San Jose, CA 1,029,409 $117,324
30 Midland, TX 141,194 $83,616
31 Daly City, CA 107,197 $99,910
32 Chandler, AZ 257,076 $85,796
33 Torrance, CA 144,430 $94,781
34 Seattle, WA 741,251 $97,185
35 Thornton, CO 144,186 $80,732
36 Westminster, CO 114,832 $76,378
37 Round Rock, TX 128,812 $86,121
38 Huntington Beach, CA 199,778 $97,469
39 Cambridge, MA 117,822 $107,490
40 San Francisco, CA 874,784 $119,136
41 Corona, CA 168,112 $88,434
42 Virginia Beach, VA 450,882 $78,136
43 Broken Arrow, OK 108,875 $74,070
44 Roseville, CA 138,860 $95,519
45 Concord, CA 129,227 $92,706
46 Orange, CA 139,322 $96,605
47 Rochester, MN 117,134 $76,034
48 Peoria, AZ 172,109 $76,423
49 Santa Clarita, CA 212,519 $100,932
50 Lakewood, CO 155,733 $71,233
51 Carlsbad, CA 114,411 $112,933
52 Richardson, TX 118,583 $85,350
53 Lewisville, TX 107,740 $67,026
54 Costa Mesa, CA 112,958 $90,370
55 Hayward, CA 158,817 $91,490
56 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 178,060 $92,290
57 Hillsboro, OR 108,026 $85,586
58 Elk Grove, CA 173,370 $101,776
59 Surprise, AZ 139,007 $71,192
60 Chesapeake, VA 242,647 $81,261
61 Charleston, SC 137,041 $72,071
62 Anchorage, AK 292,090 $84,813
63 Sioux Falls, SD 180,927 $61,738
64 Vista, CA 100,659 $73,163
65 Davie, FL 105,594 $74,523
66 Temecula, CA 113,117 $98,631
67 San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 108,467 $79,986
68 West Valley City, UT 135,610 $70,427
69 Austin, TX 965,872 $75,752
70 Denver, CO 715,878 $72,661
71 Billings, MT 109,705 $60,032
72 Stamford, CT 130,057 $96,885
73 Irvine, CA 272,694 $108,318
74 Santa Rosa, CA 178,391 $80,472
75 Raleigh, NC 469,698 $69,720
76 Irving, TX 240,475 $66,567
77 West Covina, CA 105,808 $85,626
78 Miramar, FL 140,479 $70,477
79 Fairfield, CA 116,544 $86,204
80 Cedar Rapids, IA 133,125 $60,787
81 Norwalk, CA 104,524 $77,425
82 Murrieta, CA 114,066 $91,654
83 Pembroke Pines, FL 171,979 $68,683
84 Sterling Heights, MI 132,296 $66,346
85 Lincoln, NE 286,388 $60,063
86 Pasadena, CA 142,017 $85,129
87 Madison, WI 258,366 $67,565
88 Clovis, CA 112,663 $84,119
89 Aurora, CO 379,434 $67,723
90 Oceanside, CA 175,694 $75,411
91 Port St. Lucie, FL 195,773 $62,380
92 Omaha, NE 479,529 $62,213
93 Downey, CA 111,263 $75,974
94 Garden Grove, CA 172,800 $73,611
95 Boise City, ID 228,057 $63,778
96 Salt Lake City, UT 200,133 $63,156
97 St. Petersburg, FL 264,001 $60,798
98 Everett, WA 110,840 $66,023
99 Charlotte, NC 873,570 $65,359
100 Fargo, ND 123,550 $57,520

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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