The Poorest and Wealthiest City in Every State

It’s no secret that the income gap in America is widening as the cost of living is increasing. Data from an April 2017 GOBankingRates cost of living study shows that residents of the 39 largest cities in America are not making enough money to live comfortably while covering necessary expenses and saving money for the future. As such, we set out to determine the wealthiest and poorest city in every state.

Using home value data from Zillow and income information from Sperling’s Best Places, a city-data aggregator, we identified these cities as the wealthiest and poorest in their state. Our study also highlights crime rates, school systems, poverty and employment statistics. Here’s what we found.

The Poorest City in Every State

State City Home Value Income
Alabama Brighton $43,300 $22,319
Alaska Ketchikan $206,700 $52,765
Arizona Douglas $89,600 $26,222
Arkansas Malvern $66,000 $30,983
California Mojave $84,100 $34,500
Colorado Rocky Ford $68,700 $26,209
Connecticut Hartford $101,900 $29,313
Delaware Wilmington $132,500 $38,979
Florida Hill ‘n Dale $57,300 $20,481
Georgia Midville $51,700 $22,250
Hawaii Mountain View $204,900 $36,724
Idaho Hansen $128,000 $34,803
Illinois Cahokia $38,600 $30,394
Indiana Gary $51,300 $27,458
Iowa Hazleton $95,200 $39,632
Kansas Oaklawn-Sunview $69,400 $26,319
Kentucky Pineville $79,400 $21,333
Louisiana Vivian $75,500 $24,052
Maryland Barton $61,900 $44,464
Massachusetts Springfield $140,900 $34,731
Michigan Detroit $39,100 $26,095
Minnesota Virginia $81,300 $33,143
Mississippi Leland $52,800 $26,461
Missouri Kinloch $46,400 $15,000
Montana Thompson Falls $126,700 $30,609
Nebraska Falls City $66,100 $38,465
Nevada Silver Springs $181,900 $33,341
New Hampshire Berlin $69,200 $36,358
New Jersey Camden $72,100 $26,201
New Mexico Mesquite $101,400 $21,507
New York Hornell $56,400 $38,093
North Carolina Whitakers $68,700 $27,386
North Dakota Linton $137,500 $29,028
Ohio Drexel $46,000 $25,868
Oklahoma Waurika $51,400 $30,294
Oregon Burns $90,600 $34,952
Pennsylvania Shenandoah $33,200 $27,188
Rhode Island Central Falls $150,300 $28,842
South Carolina Norway $66,400 $22,083
Tennessee Hollow Rock $51,100 $29,375
Texas Encantada-Ranchito El Calaboz $60,200 $22,344
Utah Ogden $140,200 $40,937
Vermont Town of Richford $130,000 $41,417
Virginia Clover $80,700 $21,921
Washington Hoquiam $92,900 $33,194
West Virginia Chesapeake $71,500 $35,341
Wisconsin Two Rivers $94,300 $39,529
Wyoming Riverton $160,500 $42,208
*Not enough data for Maine and South Dakota to identify poorest city.

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The Wealthiest City in Every State

State City Home Value Income
Alabama Mountain Brook $598,700 $130,259
Alaska Juneau $320,400 $84,750
Arizona Paradise Valley $1,594,100 $134,097
Arkansas Elm Springs $247,800 $80,313
California Atherton $6,147,100 $250,001
Colorado Cherry Hills Village $2,015,600 $215,299
Connecticut Darien $1,429,000 $199,444
Delaware Hockessin $409,900 $121,432
Florida Jupiter Island $4,437,400 $250,001
Georgia Milton $514,500 $110,891
Hawaii Kailua $982,500 $104,911
Idaho Eagle $345,300 $82,264
Illinois Winnetka $1,161,700 $207,540
Indiana Meridian Hills $479,000 $113,523
Iowa Robins $246,100 $107,639
Kansas Mission Hills $781,700 $227,098
Kentucky Glenview $825,100 $211,250
Louisiana Eden Isle $274,700 $90,110
Maryland Chevy Chase Village $1,823,800 $250,001
Massachusetts Weston $1,480,100 $201,200
Michigan Orchard Lake $459,800 $152,625
Minnesota Deephaven $614,800 $133,875
Mississippi Madison $242,400 $99,109
Missouri Ladue $839,300 $179,464
Montana Frenchtown $290,200 $69,136
Nebraska Papillion $229,100 $74,111
Nevada Genoa $714,300 $162,778
New Hampshire Rye $726,100 $95,583
New Jersey Sea Girt $1,724,300 $120,341
New Mexico Corrales $367,500 $69,563
New York Sands Point $2,303,800 $206,833
North Carolina Marvin $651,700 $158,246
North Dakota West Fargo $237,100 $69,104
Ohio The Village of Indian Hill $1,073,000 $209,250
Oklahoma Goldsby $214,300 $82,813
Oregon Cedar Mill $580,300 $96,361
Pennsylvania Fox Chapel $716,700 $168,274
Rhode Island Jamestown $581,600 $95,833
South Carolina Tega Cay $290,000 $114,294
Tennessee Belle Meade $1,617,300 $202,061
Texas Piney Point $1,747,800 $250,001
Utah Highland $494,500 $107,121
Vermont Charlotte $498,100 $111,667
Virginia Great Falls $1,078,200 $229,200
Washington Clyde Hill $2,298,400 $192,250
West Virginia Cross Lanes $124,800 $55,538
Wisconsin Shorewood Hills $641,600 $143,906
Wyoming Jackson $778,900 $64,345
*Not enough data for Maine and South Dakota to identify wealthiest city.

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Methodology: To find the wealthiest and poorest cities in the U.S., GOBankingRates used March 2017 ZHVI data from Zillow to first identify the cities with the highest and lowest home values. We then found the median household incomes for each city using Sperling’s Best Places, which states on its site it last updated this data in December 2016. (Please note: Sperling’s median household incomes might differ from the Census Bureau’s estimates, which are typically sourced from its 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates data.) The cities with the highest and lowest median household incomes were deemed the wealthiest and poorest city in their respective states. States excluded from the study include Maine and South Dakota due to insufficient and/or unavailable data.

 

 

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