Top 10 Richest Cities In The US 2021

The United States of America is a federated republic of 50 states, one federal district, and other territorial enclaves. The USA is the world’s foremost economic, military and cultural power with an unparalleled global influence. Its diversity is unparalleled too as it is the second home of immigrants. (

A city, in the USA, is a place where people live, be it towns, villages, hamlets, and not the technical term “city”. There are presently over 35,000 cities according to the United States Geological Survey, but only 4000 of these cities qualify for the term city based on the definition, but to the US, the term is a general term.

How do we now calculate the most affluent cities in the US? we calculate the top populated cities (who are above 100,000) in the US by analyzing multiple indices apart from personal income, and 300 of such places were compared on the 3 indices of the poverty level, median household income, and unemployment rate tallied from the census data of the American community survey from 2012-2016 and an average was calculated to get the rank list, and the city with the lowest average score ranked the wealthiest in the United States.

Top 10 Richest Cities In The US 2021

Atherton, California
  • 1. Atherton, California

Retaining its position for three years in a row, Atherton, California, topped our list of wealthiest cities in the U.S.  The city, which is located just outside of San Francisco, has a total population of 6,995 in 2011. 

Among some of its wealthy residents which include “Sheryl Sandberg” and Google CEO “Eric Schmidt”. It also boasts of some of the top tech executives residing in the city.  The city is an epic center for the top Silicon Valley company’s headquarters (Facebook, Google, Tesla, etc.)

Atherton was created in the year 1923, according to media from the city website

The city median home sale price ranges from $6.7 million to $7 million. Beautiful Mansions and elegant villas line in most of the city’s streets, although some of the houses are more modest than others.

Atherton’s total average household income: $450,696

California’s total average household income: $67,169

Scarsdale, New York
  • 2. Scarsdale, New York 

Scarsdale, New York, the second richest city in the US, is about an hour outside New York City and moved up one spot on our list this year. The city is both a town and a village have a population of 18,000 resident. Its low population can be attributed to the fact that not many individuals can afford to pay the average home rent of $1.8 million. Due to its small size population, the streets are mostly quiet and empty, giving the area an appealing, pastoral feel despite the comfortable nature of the city.

Residents in the town had an average annual household income increase of about $30,000, and much of that comes from wealthy individuals who work in the legal, medical, business, technology and financial sectors of the economy.

Scarsdale’s total average household income: $417,335

New York’s total average household income: $62,765 

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
  • 3. Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Cherry Hills was established in the year 1945. Located just south of Denver. 

Amongst its most popular vacation spots include the  John Meade Park and stuffed muskrat named Max, which is apparently the park’s mascot.

Some years back, it was revealed that Cherry Hills Village was home to cottages and weekend getaway homes. But as the years go by, larger mansions began to be constructed and many estates have begun to pop up among the hills and hiking trails. Most of the notable Celebrities that reside there are: Denver Broncos quarterback “Peyton Manning” resides in Cherry Hills Village.

Cherry Hills Village’s total average household income: $394,259

Colorado’s total average household income: $65,458 

  • 4. Los Altos Hills, California 

Los Altos Hills, California, fourth richest cities in America, is just a few meters away from San Francisco and occupies a total space of about 9 square miles in size, according to reports from the cities website. The town was established in the year 1956, and today it boasts of more than 8,000 legally residents.

The city is home to most of the world’s richest people like Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and Google co-founder Sergey Brin. 

Media reports also revealed that the city is one of the top five cities in the U.S. where more than half of the homes cost over $2 million.

Los Altos Hills total average household income: $386,174

California’s total average household income: $67,169 

  • 5. Hillsborough, California

Hillsborough, California – it’s just 15 miles outside of San Francisco — was established in the year 1910 and has a fairly small population of around 12,000 residents. 

Hillsborough town is also home to the iconic Flintstone House. A recent media report released by “The New York Times”, reported that the house’s owners were sued to court in the month of March last by the town authority for alleged unconventional yard decorations, including dinosaur statues.

Some of its notable citizen that resides in the city have backgrounds in various fields. Some are renowned baseball players, other citizens are politicians, and other citizens have a background in video game development.

One distinctive feature of the city is its many hills and many lending credences to the town’s name. There are just few grocery stores and few social amenities found in Hillsborough as most of the home’s owner occupies at least an acre.

Hillsborough’s total average household income: $373,128

California’s total average household income: $67,169

  • 6. Short Hills, New Jersey 

With a population of 13,165 residents and still counting, Short Hills was listed by many media outfits as one of the top 5 wealthiest cities in the USA. 

It is located in Millburn Township, New Jersey. Short Hills is also home to the famous Greenwood Gardens which hosts lots of renowned American celebrities. Notable celebrities like; Anne Hathaway and John C. McGinley

Just recently, the city came to media limelight again following a recently convicted founder of the faux Fyre Festival and citizen of Short Hills, Billy McFarland.

Short Hills’ total average household income: $367,491

New Jersey’s total average household income: $76,475

  • 7. Highland Park, Texas

Accordingly to the town local website, Highland Park, Texas was established in the year 1913.

It is located just outside of Dallas and occupies a land space of about 2.26 square miles in size. 

Though a small size but boast of a total number of 8,900 residents.

It is also revealed that many celebrities’ lives in Highland Park and Former Governor of Texas “Bill Clements” lived in Highland Park too.

Highland Park’s total average household income: $358,994

Texas’ total average household income: $57,051

  • 8. Darien, Connecticut 

Darien, Connecticut, is just about an hour’s drive away from the main New York City by car and boasts of a total population of 20,732 in the year 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Current recent reports from Encyclopaedia Britannica, reveals that the area was first settled by a colonial master in the era of 1641.

The city boast of many parks and recreational quarter and has currently undergone several redevelopment projects to revive its bubbling activities in the area. The town has a well-developed transportation system that conveys the masses to Manhattan.

Darien’s total average household income: $341,090

Connecticut’s total average household income: $73,781

  • 9. Bronxville, New York

Bronxville, New York, just 15 miles away from the north of New York City, has approximately 6,200 residents and was founded in the year 1898. Accordingly, to the reports from the city website, many of the structures have a definite small-town alluring to them, and the area boasts of more than 70 acres space of parkland.

Bronxville’s total average household income: $340,448

New York’s total average household income: $62,765

  • 10. Glencoe, Illinois

Glencoe, Illinois, the tenth richest cities in the US, which is reported to have around 9,000 residents and strategically located 20 miles away to the north of Chicago, according to a recent report. The city is regarded as a home to greenery and beautiful lakes. So far it is the wealthiest city in Illinois.

This city was also where the Hollywood blockbuster movie  “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Sixteen Candles” were filmed.

Glencoe’s total average household income: $339,883

Illinois’ total average household income ranges between: $61,229

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We have discussed and analyzed the richest cities in the USA, their economy, population, employment and various information in regards to each state. We also made a brief discussion of United States of America, and some notable features of the country, it is a write up worth reading, sit back and go through each paragraph to broaden your horizon.