Richest Cities in the US – Top 10 List

The article presents the name of top 10 richest cities in the US.  We start this top 10 ranking from the tenth ranked Napa and will end on first placed city of Bridgeport. Though United States is one of the most prosperous nations in the world, there are places which are high in crime rate and poverty rate. We seek to jot down names of those places which can be defined as richer than other areas of the USA.

The source of this data is the US Census Bureau, which has been linked at the end of the article.

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A table listing top 10 list along with their rank for 2013

Rank Name of the City Percentage of Household in Top 5% of National Distribution
 1 Bridgeport 17.9
 2  San Jose 15.9
 3 Washington 14.1
4  San Francisco 13.0
 5  Trenton 11.6
 6  New York 10.0
 7  Oxnard  9.7
8  Boston  9.7
9  Boulder  9.4
 10  Napa  9.3

#10) Napa – The Richest City in America

State: California

County: Napa County

Napa City - silverado Vineyards

One of the oldest cities in California state, Napa is the tenth ranked city on this list. According to its website, it was founded in the year 1847. In the past, it was famous for leather and large deposits of gold, which resulted in immigration of several people in Napa City. The Gold Rush of California further expanded the inhabited area and led to an increase in its population. This city has an average income per household, which is more than $65,000 and its median age of residents is slightly more than 36 years. As per the US Census Data, more than seventy five percent of its population is White.  (Source:

#9) Boulder

State: Colorado

County: Boulder County Seat

boulder city - chautauqua park

Incorporated in the year 1871, Boulder has 9.4% of its households in the top 5% of high-income households in the United States of America (USA). Its largest education center is the University of Colorado which serves to more than 7000 students. Its efforts in wildlife protection are remarkable and also enabled it to receive numerous awards. Boulder has a small population of around hundred thousand. But its quality of life and health care are one of the best in the US. It is the ninth in this list.

#8) Boston

State: Massachusetts

museum of science

Another one of the Richest Cities in the US

Being the capital and largest city of Massachusetts, Boston is the eighth in the United States. This place is also the 21st largest city in the US in terms of population. It was named after the city of the same name which is in Lincoln-shire, England. According to the recent census, its 54% residents are whites while around 25% are blacks and rest of Asian and aboriginal origins. Recently, it was in news for a man found stabbed to death in the South Boston park. It is one of the most liberal places in America and a population of a few hundred thousand.

#7) Oxnard

State: California

oxnard - carnegie art museum

Oxnard is the third in California when it comes to the richest and one of the wealthiest overall in the USA. Being one of the most populous cities, it was once home to Native Americans before the influx of colonizers from England. It is home to the Port of Hueneme and Channel Islands Harbor. During the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century, it served as a port to traders from Asia-Pacific. Its economy is based highly on defense and international trade.

#6) New York City

State: New York

new york - one of the richest cities in the us

This US city is of the same name as of the state in which it is situated. Hence, it is referred to as the City of New York in order to distinguish it from the State of New York. It is home to the much famous Statue of Liberty. Its estimated population of 8,336,697 makes it the most populous city in the US. It is also home to Empire State building which once stood as the tallest skyscraper in the world for decades. Its high per capita income enables it to grab a rank in this post.

#5) Trenton

State: New Jersey

New York City - 8500 seater National Bank

Situated in the county of Mercer, Trenton is the capital of New Jersey. Based on the number of high income households, it is the fifth city in the US which is very rich. It has a significant proportion of high income households in the top 5% of the national distribution. It was once a major manufacturing center for rubber, wires, ceramics and cigars. This wealthy American city has a slogan on a bridge which reads: “Trenton Makes, The World Takes”.

#4) San Francisco

State: California

richest city in america - golden bridge in san francisco

In terms of population density, San Francisco is second to only New York City. It is the most densely populated city in the state of California. On the list of top 10 in the US, it ranks fifth. It is a primary banking and financial center in the United States. It’s also one of the most employment generating places in the country.

#3) Washington, DC

State: Not Part of any US State

washington monument

Commonly referred as Washington, it is not part of any of the states in the US. It is the capital of the United States of America and also the third wealthiest town. It is home to some of the famous points of interests like the White House, Washington Monument  Healy Hall and African American Civil War Memorial.

#2) San Jose

State: California

city of san jose

With its total number of residents little less than a million, San Jose is one of the most populated towns in America. Its per capita income and rich families make it the second in the USA. It was once home to Native Americans and later populated by Spanish colonizers. Some of the important landmarks and also tourist attractions are Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, Plaza de César Chávez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and Mexican Heritage Plaza. .

#1) Bridgeport

State: Connecticut


With the total number of residents estimated to be 144,229 (US 2010 Census), Bridgeport is the most populous city in Connecticut. This city was one of the first to be industrialized in the mid-19th century. It is situated in the county of Fairfield. It was once an English colony.

On which factor this ranking is based?

The cities which occupy the top ten ranks on this list have been ranked according to the percentage of households of that city which occupy the top 5 percent of U.S households with high-income. Let us make it more simple. First data of all high-income households was gathered. Then out of them top 5 percent was taken. In it, then the proportion of households from different cities was considered and then this list was made.

Note that the source of info on this page is the data gathered by the US Census Bureau which was published on February 2013. For top 20, top 50 or top 100 visit link.

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