Here’s how much of the population is considered high-income in 19 major US cities — and what they earn

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In San Francisco, the median household income of the upper class is $185,290.
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According to the Pew Research Center, the middle class is shrinking – and as a result, the upper class in growing.

In fact, the share of adults in the upper-income tier between the years 2000 and 2014 increased in 172 of the 229 US metro areas analyzed in its recent report.

We took a closer look at how much upper-income households – defined as those with an income that is more than double the US median household income – are earning in major US cities. Using data from Pew, we’ve highlighted the share of the population that qualifies as upper-income in each metro, along with the median household income of that upper class.

Additionally, we included the annual household income required to be in the top 1% in each metro, using an interactive tool created by the The New York Times.


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Portland, Oregon

Residents who are upper-income: 21%

Median household income of those residents: $171,340

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $343,000


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Cincinnati, Ohio

Residents who are upper-income: 25%

Median household income of those residents: $171,380

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $358,079


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St. Louis, Missouri

Residents who are upper-income: 25%

Median household income of those residents: $170,130

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $358,750


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Sacramento, California

Residents who are upper-income: 22%

Median household income of those residents: $170,170

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $371,028


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Phoenix, Arizona

Residents who are upper-income: 19%

Median household income of those residents: $168,930

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $381,151


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Charlotte, North Carolina

Residents who are upper-income: 20%

Median household income of those residents: $179,650

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $383,846


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Seattle, Washington

Residents who are upper-income: 26%

Median household income of those residents: $173,820

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $408,153


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Houston, Texas

Residents who are upper-income: 23%

Median household income of those residents: $182,500

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $423,345


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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Residents who are upper-income: 22%

Median household income of those residents: $170,280

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $424,552


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Dallas, Texas

Residents who are upper-income: 22%

Median household income of those residents: $175,100

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $425,060


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Denver, Colorado

Residents who are upper-income: 25%

Median household income of those residents: $173,700

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $425,877


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San Diego, California

Residents who are upper-income: 18%

Median household income of those residents: $172,780

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $428,000


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Baltimore, Maryland

Residents who are upper-income: 26%

Median household income of those residents: $171,150

Household income required to be in the top 1%:$433,473


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Los Angeles, California

Residents who are upper-income: 16%

Median household income of those residents: $176,590

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $466,895


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Chicago, Illinois

Residents who are upper-income: 22%

Median household income of those residents: $170,610

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $479,844


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Washington, DC

Residents who are upper-income: 32%

Median household income of those residents: $177,900

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $513,000


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Boston, Massachusetts

Residents who are upper-income: 30%

Median household income of those residents: $178,050

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $529,343


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San Francisco, California

Residents who are upper-income: 28%

Median household income of those residents: $185,290

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $558,046


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New York, New York

Residents who are upper-income: 21%

Median household income of those residents: $177,170

Household income required to be in the top 1%: $608,584