The richest city in Texas is right here in the Houston area: Only three towns in America are wealthier

March 5, 2015

Piney Point Village sign

Take 2.1 square miles with about 1,000 homes owned by residents earning a median yearly income of $233,636 and what do you have?

Piney Point Village, the richest city in Texas (again) according to new rankings from Business Insider. The Memorial-area town has held the distinction of being the Lone Star State’s wealthiest municipality since 2010.

Piney Point Village is the fourth the richest city in the United States overall, according to the rankings. It is behind only Hidden Hills, Calif., with a median income of $250,000 as the No. 1 most wealthy enclave; Chevy Chase, Md., as No. 2 with a median income also of $250,000; and Short Hills, N.J., at No. 3 with a median income of $235,799.

“Many of the affluent communities are wealthy suburbs of major cities such as Scarsdale, N.Y., and Darien, Conn., outside of New York City and Chevy Chase, Md., and Great Falls, Va., near Washington, D.C.,” the report notes. “They all tend to be fairly small with populations ranging from about 1,000 (our chosen lower cutoff) to about 18,000.”

The survey considered places with at least 1,000 residents, based on the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. Using income estimates from the ACS, Business Insider found the places with the highest median household income in each state.

For the complete list of America’s Top 50 wealthiest cities and their residents’ median incomes, click here.

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