The 10 Richest Cities In California For 2022


We analyzed 427 places in California to determine where the 1% live.

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You have to be either a trust fund baby, married to a Kardashian, super good at a sport, or a popular movie producer to live in our top ten richest cities in California for 2022.

If you’re looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, grand swimming pools, good food, and high-end shopping with paycheck to match, you can stop your search. There are cities in the Sunshine State that have all of these 5-star amenities, and more, because they cater to the California ‘one percenters’. Is it like lifestyles of the rich and famous in California’s richest cities? Probably. And if you move to cities on our list like, Orinda, you might find yourself living next to notables like Matt Cain or Ken Dorsey.

How does one get their hand on one of these super wealthy cities? Well, a couple of things have to fall in place for you. First off, you need to find a job that pays close to $200,000/year. Might we suggest a job as a contractor in or a tech entrepreneur in our number one richest city, Los Altos Hills? Whether it’s building $4.5 millions dollar homes or creating the next robot, we’re sure you’ll stay busy and wealthy. Secondly, you have to be a hard worker to live in one of our top ten richest cities. Unemployment rates and poverty rates in these California cities, barely reach 4%.

Monetary wealth does make a city rich, but there are cities on our list that are both rich in the dollar as well as rich in amenities. Cities like Palos Verdes Estates and Pleasanton grace the Pacific Coast. And cities like San Ramon and MIll Valley are the playground to San Francisco. These cities have staycation written all over them. This means that you can keep money in your wallet so that you can afford to live in the fancy cities.

To take a closer look at the wealthiest cities in California for 2022, warm up your yacht, head to the sunny side of Half Moon Beach, and read on.

To narrow down the richest cities in California, we looked at several factors: poverty rate, median household income, unemployment rate; and obviously, where the richest of the rich live. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.

This left us with 427 cities in the largest state, most populous state, in the country.

What is the richest city in California? Drum roll — the wealthiest city in California for 2022 is Los Altos Hills.

So, if you care about living where there are great jobs and wealthy people, take a look the list below. The Golden State is calling.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Richest Cities In California For 2022

1. Los Altos Hills

Los Altos Hills, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,496
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Los Altos Hills: Real Estate | Photos

2. La Habra Heights

La Habra Heights, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,318
Rank Last Year: 92 (Up 90)
Median Income: $163,750
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on La Habra Heights: Real Estate | Photos

3. Orinda

Orinda, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 19,461
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 12)
Median Income: $231,230
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Orinda: Real Estate | Photos

4. Westlake Village

Westlake Village, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,203
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $153,007
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Westlake Village: Real Estate | Photos

5. Hillsborough

Hillsborough, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,608
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Hillsborough: Real Estate | Photos

6. Woodside

Woodside, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,593
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 17)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Woodside: Real Estate | Photos

7. Los Altos

Los Altos, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,878
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $240,094
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Los Altos: Real Estate | Photos

8. Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,359
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Income: $197,826
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Palos Verdes Estates: Real Estate | Photos

9. Foster City

Foster City, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 33,056
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $163,322
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Foster City: Real Estate | Photos

10. Cupertino

Cupertino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 59,799
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 22)
Median Income: $182,857
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Cupertino: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In California For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In California
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 427 places with more than 5,000 people in California, we ranked each place from 1 to 427 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Los Altos Hills, crowned the “Richest City In California For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 427 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In California For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in California, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in California.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in California, according to data:

Poorest: Huron
2nd Poorest: Firebaugh
3rd Poorest: Orange Cove

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In California

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Los Altos Hills 8.33 $250,001
2 La Habra Heights 13.33 $163,750
3 Orinda 17.33 $231,230
4 Westlake Village 20.33 $153,007
5 Hillsborough 23.0 $250,001
6 Woodside 24.67 $250,001
7 Los Altos 26.33 $240,094
8 Palos Verdes Estates 26.33 $197,826
9 Foster City 27.67 $163,322
10 Cupertino 31.0 $182,857
11 Mill Valley 34.33 $170,946
12 Livermore 35.67 $131,664
13 Buellton 36.67 $105,694
14 San Carlos 38.33 $189,739
15 Tiburon 39.33 $178,125
16 Dublin 39.33 $152,745
17 Danville 40.33 $167,827
18 Palo Alto 41.33 $174,003
19 Saratoga 41.67 $201,046
20 Pleasanton 45.33 $160,689
21 Lafayette 45.33 $188,140
22 Pacifica 45.67 $130,466
23 Atherton 46.67 $250,001
24 Rancho Santa Margarita 48.0 $125,329
25 Burlingame 48.33 $138,344
26 Windsor 48.67 $117,533
27 Piedmont 49.0 $250,001
28 Hermosa Beach 49.67 $142,500
29 Menlo Park 50.67 $167,567
30 San Marino 51.33 $164,423
31 Solana Beach 51.67 $106,904
32 Yorba Linda 52.0 $133,088
33 San Ramon 52.67 $167,345
34 Fremont 53.0 $142,374
35 Redondo Beach 53.0 $116,832
36 Sunnyvale 53.67 $150,464
37 Villa Park 54.67 $164,476
38 Mountain View 57.67 $144,116
39 Aliso Viejo 58.67 $118,540
40 San Anselmo 60.0 $146,179
41 Rancho Palos Verdes 60.33 $146,163
42 Moorpark 61.0 $119,597
43 Newark 61.0 $127,619
44 Newport Beach 61.0 $133,849
45 Half Moon Bay 61.33 $131,233
46 Morgan Hill 62.33 $128,373
47 Los Gatos 62.67 $156,270
48 Campbell 64.33 $122,644
49 Folsom 64.33 $118,006
50 Hercules 65.0 $110,669
51 La Palma 66.33 $108,363
52 Mission Viejo 67.0 $121,299
53 Union City 67.67 $120,772
54 Agoura Hills 69.33 $126,956
55 Manhattan Beach 70.33 $153,926
56 Milpitas 70.33 $137,000
57 Clayton 73.67 $153,607
58 Millbrae 75.33 $126,319
59 South San Francisco 76.67 $106,005
60 Pleasant Hill 77.33 $125,573
61 Rolling Hills Estates 78.67 $149,632
62 Redwood City 78.67 $123,294
63 Coronado 79.0 $108,992
64 Dana Point 79.0 $105,250
65 Arroyo Grande 80.33 $88,068
66 Larkspur 81.33 $115,543
67 Santa Clara 82.33 $136,870
68 Benicia 84.33 $106,989
69 Eastvale 84.33 $127,881
70 San Bruno 85.0 $113,103
71 Corte Madera 85.67 $153,101
72 San Clemente 89.33 $108,183
73 Truckee 90.33 $98,587
74 Martinez 94.0 $109,994
75 Moraga 94.0 $152,788
76 St. Helena 94.67 $103,452
77 South Pasadena 95.0 $109,927
78 Encinitas 96.67 $120,488
79 Scotts Valley 97.0 $103,783
80 Lincoln 97.67 $88,991
81 Walnut 98.0 $108,264
82 San Juan Capistrano 98.0 $103,922
83 Indian Wells 99.67 $112,614
84 Albany 100.0 $103,132
85 Belmont 100.33 $160,046
86 Cypress 100.67 $102,005
87 Thousand Oaks 101.0 $108,377
88 Alameda 101.33 $106,737
89 Canyon Lake 101.67 $107,868
90 Ripon 102.33 $89,110
91 Atascadero 103.33 $79,620
92 Pinole 104.0 $104,904
93 Novato 104.0 $101,629
94 Diamond Bar 104.67 $100,723
95 Walnut Creek 106.67 $108,689
96 Cerritos 107.33 $109,229
97 Pismo Beach 108.0 $90,837
98 Winters 110.33 $92,538
99 American Canyon 111.33 $108,884
100 Rocklin 111.33 $100,664

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in California.

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.

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