Beyond the obvious big cities where the rich and famous drive around in flashy cars and flaunt designer dresses and amazing homes, there are other towns across America where top-earning residents are living the good life. From north to south, sea to shining see, let’s take a look at a few of these little gems and start planning where we’ll move.
CNNMoney rounded up 25 Top-Earning Towns, and we’ve picked out a couple to highlight, just to give you something to aspire to as you stare at your roommate’s dirty dishes in the sink of your cramped, over-priced apartment. We can all dream, right?
Median family income (per year): $172,541
Median home price: $725,000
“There’s a party for every season in this commuter town: Enjoy concerts and ice sculpting in the winter and Taste of Bethesda in October; schmooze with Pulitzer Prize winning authors at April’s literary festival; and enjoy the strains of delta blues, soul and swing in the summer.”
Palo Alto, CA
Median family income (per year): $153,615
Median home price: $1,180,000
“Palo Alto is awash in high tech prosperity. Stanford professors, Facebook engineers and venture capitalists are neighbors in this Silicon Valley town. It’s home to the historically preserved garage where David Packard and Bill Hewlett launched the HP empire in 1938, as well as eight-figure Tuscan-inspired manors with pinot noir and chardonnay grapes out back.”
Lower Merion, PA
Median family income (per year): $144,686
Median home price: $240,000
“Located along the Main Line of the historic Pennsylvania Railroad, Lower Merion has long been a refuge from city life for the well-heeled. In the mid-19th century, railroad scions, merchant magnates and metal and oil industry tycoons began erecting grand homes throughout the area.”
The Woodlands, TX
Median family income (per year): $124,939
Median home price: $214,593
“Situated within 28,000 acres of forest, this master-planned community marries natural ambiance with rich luxury. An air-conditioned water taxi and complimentary trolley service help the masses navigate through it all. You’ll also find ritzy sedans and SUVs parked at 12,000-square-foot estates with million-dollar furnishings tucked inside.”
Median family income (per year): $119,689
Median home price: $265,000
“Cultural diversity, masterful landscaping and sunny skies make this resort-like community a paradise for its ritzy residents. Incorporated in 1996, the designer town is ultra chic with Royal Palms lining the streets and luxuriant foliage surrounding its signs.
Sandy Springs, GA
Median family income (per year): $115,171
Median home price: $380,000
“Named for a spring that produces 10 gallons of water per minute, this Georgia locale also features the Chattahoochee River, Chastain Park and Big Trees Forest Preserve.
Full of sidewalks, bicycle lanes and trails, this city was made for ambling, and locals enjoy their time outdoors. The Chastain Amphitheatre, nestled within a park, brings world-renowned performers into the fold. And The Taste of Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs Cycling Challenges and Sandy Springs Festival draw crowds.”
Top-earning towns [CNNMoney]