The high cost of living in California is no surprise to the average American, and for good reasons. Many people want to live there, but few make enough to live in the most desirable communities the Golden State has to offer. However, if you do find yourself listed among the ranks of the country’s top percentile, you may want to consider California’s 10 wealthiest neighborhoods as determined by the US Census Bureau’s statistics on median income. From the tech-savvy Silicon Valley to the Hidden Hills of Southern California, you will love these fabulous neighborhoods.
Atherton has a population at just under seven thousand people, with a household median income over $250,000 per year. In 2010, Atherton was listed by Forbes magazine as the second wealthiest zip code in the country. In subsequent years (2013 to present) it was listed in the coveted number one position. Atherton is a city filled with the wealth of new money techies, and mansions hidden away in hills and masked by massive trees. Homes in this part of California regularly sell at high-end prices in excess of $5 million, and commonly in the $10 million range. Despite the cost, these homes sell quickly, as it doesn’t seem like the line to get into one of these palatial estates is growing shorter. Despite a number of exclusive communities available to Silicon Valley giants, Atherton remains the most sought-after location. Atherton is home to the likes of Google’s Eric Schmidt, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, and of course, Charles Schwab. If prestige is what drives you, then living in the most affluent town in America isn’t a bad place to be.