Top 10 richest cities in the US
Using data gathered from an anonymous panel of 16mn Americans, financial data startup Status Money has compiled a list of the top 10 US cities that see the highest average income.
Below features the list of cities, based on monthly average earnings, using the Status Money Income Index.
10) Alexandria, VA ($4,644)
Located in central Washington, several federal agencies are based in Alexandria, including both the Office of the Inspector General and the US Department of Defence.
These, alongside the US Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture and Department of Homeland security, make up some of the most significant employers within the city.
9) San Mateo, CA ($4,703)
San Mateo, CA is home to several bases of large technology companies that often pay high wages, due to its location within the Silicon Valley region.
Some of the major companies situated there include Oracle, Facebook, Guckenheimer and Visa.
8) Cary, NC ($4,750)
Located in North Carolina, Cary is part of a region known as the Research Triangle - home to three major research universities in NC State University, Duke University and UNC-Chapel hill.
These facilities and the talent that they harbour have attracted a number of large companies including IBM, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline and Credit Suisse.
7) Irvine, CA ($4,854)
Located in the heart of Orange County, the third most popular county in California, Irvine makes up a key part of the Tech Coast within California state.
Despite the main employer being Walt Disney Co due to the presence of Disneyland California, several other leading US firms also have a significant base in Irvine including Boeing, Wal-Mart, Target, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Kroger, CVS health and UnitedHealth.
6) Scottsdale, AZ ($4,858)
Scottsdale is the only Arizona-based city, located within its state capital Phoenix.
Some of the region’s largest employers include Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan, Honeywell International and Intel.
5) Bellevue, WA ($4,884)
Bellevue is both in direct proximity to Redmond, the home of Nintendo US and Microsoft, and has a number of direct highways providing commuting access to Seattle – home to the headquarters of Amazon and Starbucks.
4) Boulder, CO ($5,125)
Boulder is the only Colorado based city to feature on the list, also home to the state’s largest university – the University of Colorado.
Boulders ranks first in education on Forbes’ list of the best places for business and careers in the US.
3) Frisco, TX ($5,232)
Frisco is the highest paid city in Texas by some margin.
Just outside central Dallas, Residents of Frisco are able to easily commute to a large number of big name firms for work including ExxonMobil, AT&T, American Airlines and Tenet Healthcare.
2) Carlsbad, CA ($5,460)
Despite the presence of Irvine and San Mateo on the list, Carlsbad ranks as the city with the highest average wage across California.
Carlsbad is located within commuting distance of both Orange County and San Diego, providing access to a number of high paying jobs with the leading companies situated there.
1) Naperville, IL ($5,885)
According to Status Money, the average income in Naperville is more than $400 higher monthly than any other US city.
Located within commuting distance of Chicago, residents have access to jobs at the headquarters of both United Continental Holdings and Boeing, with McDonalds having also announced its plans to move its global headquarters to the city too.