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The Five Richest and Five Poorest Urban American Cities List

Is your city in either top five?

GOOD Magazine took a look at the five richest and five poorest American cities, primarily at the city centers and analyzed the careers, race and average annual income per resident to create the following demographic (click to enlarge):


The Top Five Wealthiest Cities:

  1. Plano, TX
  2. San Jose, CA
  3. Anchorage, AK
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. San Diego, CA

The Top Five Poorest Cities:

  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Cleveland, OH
  3. Miami, FL
  4. Buffalo, NY
  5. Pittsburgh, PA

Seeing how the cities stack up against one another is pretty eye opening. If your city is one of those featured on the list, has it always been that way or is this new to your area?

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Nashville Grant

    March 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Anchorage, Alaska? How much are we giving them in annual oil subsidies now-a-days?

    • Nobu Hata

      March 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm

      I grew up in AK, see: high median income, no state income tax, you’re paid a couple thousand a year to live there. Believe me, not worth it.

  2. Jacob Clayton

    March 10, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Lani – I think this is fascinating stuff, thanks for sharing. It sort of blows my mind as well because I’m not that far from a very poor city which isn’t on that list and usually isn’t on lists of this nature. But I see what the conditions are like there and just can’t imagine what it must be like for folks in the top five poorest cities.

  3. Nick Sweeney, DotLoop Social Media

    March 10, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Hmmm…gives new meaning to “Cleveland Rocks!”, huh? Thanks for sharing…

  4. Aaron Charlton

    March 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I think it all evens out when you realize that your money doesn’t go to far if you live in one of the “wealthy” cities.

  5. Brandie Young

    March 11, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Clearly, The Situation and his crew did NOT skew these numbers ….

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