The One Thing in Common America’s Richest Places Have

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September 18, 2015

When wealth and income are looked at by county, the richest places in the U.S. are suburban.

The only place that breaks the pattern is San Francisco County, where residents of its city center do not make less than those in its neighboring suburban counties. Other than that, many suburban counties make up to twice as much in income compared to the nearby urban one.

“The pattern is a classic American one, built through decades of postwar wealthy flight to the suburbs and disinvestment in cities,” writes The Washington Post’s Emily Badger. “But it's striking today how deeply entrenched this geometry remains at the county level.”

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