Fifteen Up & Coming Places of Affluence in the United States

Fifteen Up & Coming Places of Affluence in the United States

I am waiting for the American Community Survey of 2005-10 to update the Higley 1000. However, there are some new places that are bubbling up as possible neighborhoods when the new Higley 1000 is created anew next year. A database by “Caspio” and published on the web by G. Scott Thomas on the website The Business Journal on Numbers brought together 12 categories on income, education and house values to come up with a ranking of affluence for over 14,400 communities with at least 1,000 residents. The article appeared on the web on September 16th and it rated Chevy Chase Village just outside of the District of Columbia, as the most affluent village in the land. The unfortunate community of East Fork, Arizona came in dead last.

Below is a map of the United States with 15 places of new concentrations of wealth or older one’s that are moving up the ranking tables. A short synopsis of each place is provided by clicking on the map markers.

Why these particular 15? Some are witnessing renewal through teardowns and remodelings. Two of them (Kiawah Island, South Carolina and Spring Lake, New Jersey) represent the trend for summer home places to become first homes where the Census counts income. Similarly, East Hampton, Water Mill, Northwest Harbor, and Southampton on Long Island have seen their rankings of affluence climb due to this trend. These communities did not make the list due to the fact that not enough of the new affluent homeowners have moved to these places to statistically overwhelm the lower income locals engaged in servicing the much larger seasonal population.

Only two on the list of 15 are truly “new”: Darnestown, Maryland, an exurban extension of the Bethesda-Potomac-Travilah corridor, and Del Rio, a country club development found just north of the California’s central valley city of Modesto.


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Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 20th, 2011, 10:20 am by Stephen Higley   

3 Responses to “Fifteen Up & Coming Places of Affluence in the United States”

  1. vic
    September 21st, 2012 | 5:09 am

    still waiting for the newest editon of The Elite 100, or the Higly 1000!!! will be back soon!

  2. Stephen Higley
    September 21st, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Due to the Republican Party’s anti-intellectualism and cost cutting, the 2010 American Community Survey (which has replaced the Census Long Form) has become virtually unusable. It is absurd that as geographic mapping systems have hit their stride over the last ten years, the Census Bureau’s mapping programs as well as statistical tables have become virtually unusable. One can no longer even look up data at the Block Group level… the level of analysis of the Higley 1000. The mapping software is equally stupid and unusable… it was farmed out to IBM (you know the government can never do as good of a job as private enterprise trope) and the resultant mapping software is laughable in it’s incompetence.

    I blame the Census Bureau for this idiocy in the first degree… but it is also the fault of the water boys for the rich, the Republicans in Congress. They have gutted the Census’s ability to provide timely information on income. The 1% has successfully destroyed the ability of the Census Bureau to document the growing income inequality in the United States. Democracy is dead in America. Long live the Plutocracy! If the plutocrat’s candidate wins this November, we can expect less and less timely information available to the average citizen vis a vis income. It was a good run… our Democracy lasted just over 200 years. Greed has won out.

    When will I update? I’ll keep trying to figure out how to do it, but the forces at work are greater than me and my site.

  3. vic
    September 24th, 2012 | 11:33 pm

    I did search the Census data from http://factfinder2.census.gov , could not get any results with the specified word of “neighborhood”, it is returns No tables, files or documents were found that match the combination of items in ‘Your Selections’. anyway, thanks a lot for what you did and what you have done, Higley!

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