Some of the wealthiest people in America now live in the burbs.
A brief history lesson: the idea of a suburb originated in the first urban settlements, but didn’t really become popular until 18th century London. The industrialization of the city created a huge influx of tradesmen and other members of the working class, and thus the newly rich middle class began flocking to the outskirts to purchase expansive estates and villas.
The modern suburb as we know it began back then, and has since become almost synonymous with the word ‘neighborhood’. Suburbs are a little different though, because they refer to a specific type of neighborhood where people group themselves by financial class, and even go so far as to put up gates and community centers to keep other classes out.
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So, you can see that the original intent of suburbs was to keep people stratified by class, and that tradition continues today, with ten extremely wealthy suburbs in America.
You’ll notice that many of these wealthy suburbs exist just outside some of the biggest cities in the country. Just keep in mind that the Census ACS survey reported in 2015 that the median household income in the United States was $55,775, which is at least $50,000 less than any number on the following list.
Atlanta: Brookhaven, Georgia
Avg. Household Income: $121,989
Houston: The Woodlands, Texas
Avg. Household Income: $108,635
New York: Roslyn (Long Island)
Avg. Household Income: $122,321
Boston: Wellesley, Massachusetts
Avg. Household Income: $214, 837
San Francisco: Atherton, California
Avg. Household Income: $283,000
San Diego: Rancho Santa Fe, California
Avg. Household Income: $203,000
Washington D.C: Great Falls, Virginia
Avg. Household Income: $222,737
Los Angeles: Beverly Hills, California
Average Household Income: $193,000
Denver: Cherry Hills, Colorado
Avg. Household Income: $232,000
Chicago: Kenilworth, Illinois
Avg. Household Income: $247,187