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Scarsdale and Darien named among the richest U.S. towns

New study by 24/7 Wall St. measures median household income, median home value, poverty rate and college educated population.

Where do the really, really rich folks live? According to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data, the very deep pocketed people can be found in a pair of regional towns.

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Thurston Howell III and his wife, Lovey, epitomized the super rich on the TV show “Gilligan’s Island.”

Scarsdale was ranked as the richest town in the U.S., boasting a median household income of $242,782, a median home value of $1.23 million, and a 2.3 percent poverty rate. Eighty-seven percent of Scarsdale adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Across the border in Fairfield County, Darien ranked sixth on the list of the nation’s richest towns. Darien was cited for its $208,906 median household income, a $1.27 million median home value and a 5.4 percent poverty rate. Darien adults with at least a bachelor’s degree accounted for 80.1 percent of the population.

And at the other end of the spectrum: Centreville, Illinois, was dubbed the nation’s poorest town with a median household income of $16,553, a median home value of $49,600, a 47.8 percent poverty rate and only 10.9 percent of adults with a college degree.

The top 10 richest towns are:

  1. Scarsdale
  2. Great Falls, Virginia
  3. Rolling Hills, California
  4. Winnetka, Illinois
  5. Oyster Bay Cove, Long Island
  6. Darien
  7. Piedmont, California
  8. Wolf Trap, Virginia
  9. Laurel Hollow, Long Island
  10. Travilah, Maryland
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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.


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