Chevy Chase Section Five & America’s Wealthiest Neighborhoods

Posted on February 15, 2012


At first glance Chevy Chase Section Five of Maryland is like any other typical suburbia.

Trees line the streets, neighbors wave as they walk their dogs across the street, people have neighborhood barbecues…there’s almost nothing abnormal about it. But a glance at the latest American Community Survey, released in December 2011, makes it plain to see that there is a difference (a six figure difference). Chevy Chase Section Five Village is home to the highest median household income in the nation.


Village Manager, Frances Higgins, claims that their wealthy little community has “more lawyers per square inch than anyone.” The Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey breaks the nation down to 29,000 cities, towns, villages, and towns. The break down allows for examination of the highest median household incomes in the US. The results might surprise you.


Believe it or not, the hustle and bustle of metropolitans like New York City, Dallas, and D.C. isn’t ideal to everyone, and not all the rich and famous flock to them. But for people with enough money, their own escape is just around the corner.

Here’s a list of 5 cities with the highest median household incomes in the nation:


5. Oyster Bay Cove, New York

Median household income: $246,987


The fact that Theodore Roosevelt had a summer white house here and is buried off of a local road says it all.


4.Plandome Village, New York

Median household income: $248,036


This historic Long Island village has a posh Plandome Country Club that dates all the way back to 1931.


3.Coldstream CDP, Ohio

Median household income: $249, 750


Another town centered by a prestigious country club.


2.Westlake town,Texas

Median household income: $250,000


This lush town is home to the Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg, former Exxon CEO Lee Raymond, and the Jonas Brothers.


1.Chevy Chase Section Five Village, Maryland

Median household income: $250,000


The town is so small that it barely encompasses more than 1/10 of a square mile, and holds 640 people. The average income here has boosted up to 63 percent since 2000.

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