The US's 11 richest small cities

Many of the wealthiest people in America live in these tony suburbs and small enclaves.

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May 29, 2014 9:10AM
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What do the top ten cities (over 250,000 population) with the highest
poverty rate all have in common?
Detroit, MI, (1st) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961.
Buffalo, NY, (2nd) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1954.
Cincinnati, OH, (3rd) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1984. 
Cleveland, OH, (4th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1989.
Miami, FL, (5th) has *never had a Republican mayor.
St. Louis, MO, (6th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1949.
El Paso, TX, (7th) has *never had a Republican mayor.
Milwaukee, WI, (8th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1908.
Philadelphia, PA, (9th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1952.
Newark, NJ, (10th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1907.
Einstein once said: ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over
and over again and expecting different results.’
May 29, 2014 6:55AM
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The comments on MSN articles are more entertaining and informative than the articles themselves.
May 22, 2014 4:01PM
May 22, 2014 1:09PM
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How can 6 of the top 10 "Richest Small Cities" be located in a State that is Bankrupt?? Maybe re-evaluating your ridiculous Ranking criteria(Distance to Polo Field.. WTF??) and giving credit to vibrant and growing small towns that aren't merely "sucking the tit" of its nearest booming Metropolis(NJ?), but actually building off there own community success and merits. This article was nothing more then a miss placed advertisement for California Tourism...  hopefully the check cleared before the article posted!
May 29, 2014 6:45AM
May 29, 2014 7:57AM
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Not saying there's a connection, but suspect there is...but No. 1 is located "not too far" out of our Nation's Cap...


NOT saying it's related to current, as it's related to ALL GOV'T officials, but interesting that so many mega rich live so close to DC...


Is it people connected, clearly they have influence, or attempt to have influence.  Scary.

May 22, 2014 1:48PM
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Golly, how come Mayberry, NC is not on this list ?
May 29, 2014 9:00AM
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polo fields and yacht clubs?

and children named muffy and biff

May 29, 2014 7:53AM
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Over enthusiastic interns have to cut their writing teeth somewhere. The spelling errors crack me up. "Per capital"? "Tony suburbs"? And I guess everyone who owns a yacht must never have financial troubles. These could be the towns with highest debt per person, too. Sheesh.
May 29, 2014 12:30PM
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What I find amusing is the fact that a person living below 'poverty level' in Mississippi is in far better shape economically than a person with a 50k income in NYC.

The one size fits all numbers used by demographers abjectly fail to convey true standards of living.  A person in central Alabama with a 30k per year income will have a 3 bedroom/2 bath brick home on ten acres, while that same income in san fransisco will struggle to pay rent on a one bedroom apt.  Yet the demographers pretend the deep South is poor.  even though they live much better on average than the rest of the nation. It would be amusing if it didn't involve my tax dollars

May 29, 2014 8:58AM
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I'm quite sure the general working public is so damn interested in how and where the rich live

we just keep getting slapped in the face by the rich..

I never read or hear about this little Podunk hillbilly town stuck in the foothills of south Carolina where people barely get by and walmart keeps raising their prices while all the time trying to convince us that they sell for less .. yup I'm sure we really give a crap about the rich and where they live

May 29, 2014 8:02AM
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You realize that the cost of living in California is so inflated that of course most of the town on this list would be from California.  However, it terms of actual wealth, you could remove about half of these California towns and add a lot of other US cities and states.
May 22, 2014 10:58AM
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    Hoboken? AKA Jersey City. Hoboken is only one square mile yet has more bars then any town in New Jersey. Guess that's why people like it there? 
May 29, 2014 1:08PM
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As someone born and raised in CA, I can say for a fact that this list is tilted way too far to the West.  Our state taxes, tolls, and overall ineptitude are insane.  Moved to FL when I got my first decent job, my family was already there. No state income tax and a growing economy. 
May 29, 2014 1:17PM
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Yeah right, and does ANYBODY notice that SOME of these cities are located around DC, the capital of CORRUPTION, CRONYISM, BOUGHT INFLUENCE, AND FAKE MONEY?
May 29, 2014 8:19AM
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Do you think people really care about this.  No.
May 29, 2014 8:38AM
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having just returned from Palos Verdes yesterday, I can honestly say its heaven perfection on earth. horses, horse trails, perfect homes with awesome ocean and city views
May 29, 2014 9:09AM
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I'm seeing a lot of griping about the criteria used for this slideshow, but businesses that cater to the wealthy need to either be near that wealth, or near a destination that attracts it, which in turn implies local wealth. Yacht clubs, private jets, high-end jewelry, luxury cars- these are all things we as a society associate with wealth.


It's interesting that only one of these towns was not in California or sucking the government teat. Unless there's a government facility in or near Brentwood, TN that I'm unaware of.

May 29, 2014 1:43PM
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O My God Foster City!  

In the sixties Foster City was a marshy  mucky swampy smelly area of the bay that was a land fill, or more accurately put, the City Dump for the San Mateo, and surrounding communities.

In the early seventies homes were beginning to appear on the land fill-City Dump that became Foster City.  In the mid seventies I was installing cable to one of the "New" Foster City Homes.  I had to go underneath the home to push the cable through the floor.  

Crawling around in the dark I stumbled across and old shoe.  I took it with me to look at in the day light because it looked so familiar.

Sure enough I had discovered an old shoe of mine thrown out years back in the City Dump, that now was the home where I was installing Cable.

That shoe must have been thrown out at one of many trips my Dad and I made for the family a decade earlier.

That now is one of the 11 richest small cities?  

The amazement continues.. with Foster City, once the city dump... err land fill.

I called it Flotsam City.
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