The 10 highest-earning cities in the US

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Midland, Texas is the highest-earning US metro area.
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The median income of US households is $62,462, the Pew Research Center reports.

However, certain areas are faring much better than the typical US city. Take Washington, DC, where the median household income is 40% above the national average, at $87,611.

Or Midland, Texas, which benefited from a boom in oil prices and led the pack with a median household income of $90,000.

Below, we’ve highlighted the 10 metro areas with the highest median household incomes, according to Pew’s recent analysis of 229 US metros.

Incomes are adjusted for household size (to reflect a house of three) and for the cost of living in the area relative to the national average cost of living. “That means the incomes of households in relatively expensive areas, such as New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, are adjusted downward,” Pew explained in its methodology.

Note that New York City didn’t crack the top 10. In addition to Pew adjusting incomes for the cost of living, it’s important to recognize that New York City, with a population of about 8.5 million, makes up less than half of the New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area, which has a population of about 19.8 million.

Read on to see which other areas are earning significantly more than the average US city.


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Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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10. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington

Median household income: $78,676

Percent above national average: 26%


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San Francisco, California.
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9. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward

Median household income: $78,969

Percent above national average: 26%


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Boston, Massachusetts.
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8. Boston-Cambridge-Newton

Median household income: $79,625

Percent above national average: 27%


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New London, Connecticut.
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7. Norwich-New London

Median household income: $80,192

Percent above national average: 28%


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Stamford, Connecticut.
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6. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk

Median household income: $80,294

Percent above national average: 29%


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Barnstable Town, Massachusetts.
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5. Barnstable Town

Median household income: $80,966

Percent above national average: 30%


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Hartford, Connecticut.
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4. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford

Median household income: $82,117

Percent above national average: 31%


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San Jose, California.
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3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara

Median household income: $86,833

Percent above national average: 39%


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Washington, DC.
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2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

Median household income: $87,611

Percent above national average: 40%


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Midland, Texas.
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1. Midland

Median household income: $90,743

Percent above national average: 45%