Here’s how much you need to earn to be in the top 1% for the 15 largest cities in the US

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The amount you need to earn to land a spot in the 1% can vary hugely from city to city.
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If you’re in your hometown’s top 1% of earners, there’s no doubt that you’re doing well for yourself.

But not all one-percenters are created equal.

The Economic Policy Institute calculated how much money puts a household in the top 1% of income earners in every metropolitan area in the US. For the US overall, the income threshold required to be in the 1% of earners is $389,436 pre-tax, but for populous places like San Francisco and Houston, that number rises to $785,946 and $606,286, respectively.

Below, we’ve highlighted the annual household income required to be in the top 1% for the 15 largest cities in the US, as determined by the Census Bureau. (But keep in mind that the income thresholds listed apply to the entire metropolitan areas.) We’ve also included median household income – in 2015 dollars – for comparison purposes.

How do you stack up?


Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio.
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f11photo/Shutterstock

Population: 850,106

Income required to be in the top 1%: $379,250

Median household income: $45,659


Indianapolis

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Indianapolis, Indiana.
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alexeys/Shutterstock

Population: 853,173

Income required to be in the top 1%: $405,486

Median household income: $41,987


San Francisco

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San Francisco, California.
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Richard Heyes/flickr

Population: 864,816

Income required to be in the top 1%: $785,946

Median household income: $81,294


Jacksonville, Florida

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Jacksonville, Florida.
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Shutterstock / Sean Pavone

Population: 868,031

Income required to be in the top 1%: $393,178

Median household income: $46,764


Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas.
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iStock / RoschetzkyIstockPhoto

Population: 931,830

Income required to be in the top 1%: $543,424

Median household income: $57,689


San Jose, California

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San Jose, California.
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mTaira/Shutterstock

Population: 1,026,908

Income required to be in the top 1%: $964,238

Median household income: $84,647


Dallas

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Dallas, Texas.
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Shutterstock

Population: 1,300,092

Income required to be in the top 1%: $502,229

Median household income: $43,781


San Diego

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San Diego, California.
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Dancestrokes/Shutterstock

Population: 1,394,928

Income required to be in the top 1%: $468,862

Median household income: $66,116


San Antonio

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San Antonio, Texas.
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Brandon Seidel/Shutterstock

Population: 1,469,845

Income required to be in the top 1%: $379,336

Median household income: $46,744


Phoenix

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Phoenix, Arizona.
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Flickr/Jerry Ferguson

Population: 1,563,025

Income required to be in the top 1%: $379,321

Median household income: $47,326


Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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SINITAR/Shutterstock

Population: 1,567,442

Income required to be in the top 1%: $489,305

Median household income: $38,253


Houston

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Houston, Texas.
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Adam Baker/flickr

Population: 2,296,224

Income required to be in the top 1%: $606,286

Median household income: $46,187


Chicago

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Chicago, Illinois.
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Shutterstock / f11photo

Population: 2,720,546

Income required to be in the top 1%: $524,009

Median household income: $48,522


Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, California.
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View Apart/Shutterstock

Population: 3,971,883

Income required to be in the top 1%: $513,715

Median household income: $50,205


New York City

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New York, New York.
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dibrova/Shutterstock

Population: 8,550,405

Income required to be in the top 1%: $672,795

Median household income: $53,373