After 15 years of stagnant or dropping incomes, American earnings are finally on the rise. In 2015, median income rose above $56,000 for the first time since the recession, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Still, some pockets of America are much better off than others. FindTheHome, a real estate research site from Graphiq, set out to find the richest city in every state. Many of these cities were able to maintain economic stability despite the 2008 downturn. Others have simply been well off for decades, home to wealthy families and billionaires.
The list tracks average per capita income, and comes from a 2014 Census Bureau report, the latest available. FindTheHome established a population cutoff for each state to remove tiny towns or unrepresentative outliers.*
Naturally, many incomes are influenced by cost of living. A $50,000 salary in Omaha goes much, much further than the same salary in San Francisco.
As such, the list also includes the average income statewide as a point of comparison. Some states -- like Maine and South Dakota -- show little variation between the richest city and the average city. Others -- like California and Florida -- have extremely wide ranges of incomes, where the richest city is far more affluent than the state as a whole.
The final list is ranked by the average per capita income of each city. We'll start with one state where the wealthiest town isn't all that well off, then count down to the richest city of all.
*The city population thresholds correspond to the state's overall number of residents. For example, California cities needed to have at least 5,000 residents to be considered. In contrast, Wyoming cities only had to have at least 1,000 citizens to be eligible.