Wealthier “nearburb” communities close to downtown

Source:moneyinc.com

The list included at the bottom of this post identifies those wealthier communities that are located close to the central business district of the metropolitan area they are located. These wealthy “nearburbs” demonstrate that local gentry of each metropolitan area don’t necessarily live on distant or large country estates well away from downtown. In fact, a significant number of the wealthiest communities in the country, based on per capita income, are located in relatively close proximity to downtown.

Wealthy streetcar “nearburb” of Piedmont, CA in relation to downtown Oakland- Source: maps.google.com

It should also be noted that a number of these wealthy “nearburbs” were once “streetcar suburbs” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those 23 communities identified with an asterisk were once a streetcar suburb (or was intended to be one when planned).

Wealthy streetcar “nearburb” of Bexley in relation to downtown Columbus, OH – Source: dirtamericana.blogspot.com

A minimum per capita income of $50,000 was required for inclusion on the list. The national average in 2019 dollars was $34,103. The nearburb must be adjacent to the core city (by land or water) and not more that 12 miles from the heart of downtown using the most direct route on Google Maps.

Wealthy “nearburb” of shore wood hills in relation to downtown Madison, WI – Source: maps.google.com

As always, any additions, corrections, or suggestions are most welcome. Here’s the list:

METRO/NEARBURB/PER CAPITA INCOME(2019)/DISTANCE TO METRO CBD

Albuquerque, NM – Los Ranchos de Albuquerque = $55,749 / 5.9 miles

Atlanta, GA – Druid Hills* = $88,419 / 4.7 miles

Atlanta, GA – North Druid Hills = $51,996 / 7.9 miles

Austin, TX – Rollingwood = $98,053 / 4.7 miles

Austin, TX – West Lake Hills = $110,495 / 5.3 miles

Birmingham, AL – Mountain Brook = $85,694 / 4.9 miles

Boston, MA – Brookline* = $71,536 / 5.2 miles

Cleveland, OH – Shaker Heights* = $58,970 / 9.0 miles

Columbus, OH – Bexley* = $54,038 / 3.1 miles

Dallas, TX – Highland Park* = $149,069 / 4.7 miles

Dallas, TX – University Park = $99.649 / 6.5 miles

Dayton, OH – Oakwood* = $59,994 / 3.3 miles

Denver, CO – Cherry Hills Village = $141,009 / 8.3 miles

Des Moines, IA – Clive = $50,427 / 9.3 miles

Detroit, MI – Grosse Pointe* = $71,507 / 8.6 miles

Detroit, MI – Grosse Pointe Farms* = $69,590 / 10.9 miles

Detroit, MI – Grosse Pointe Park* = $64,817 / 6.9 miles

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Lauderdale-by-the-Sea = $75,239 / 7.0 miles – Added on 11/5/21

Fort Worth, TX – Westover Hills = $179,188 / 5.6 miles

Grand Rapids, MI – East Grand Rapids* = $65,776 / 3.9 miles

Houston, TX – Bellaire* = $101,097 / 8.6 miles

Houston, TX – Hunters Creek Village = $146,204 / 10.1 miles

Houston, TX – West University Place = $125,712 / 6.6 miles

Indianapolis, IN – Meridian Hills = $102,459 / 8.7 miles

Indianapolis, IN – Williams Creek = $119,988 / 9.7 miles

Kansas City, MO – Mission Hills, KS = $150,496 / 6.0 miles

Kansas City, MO – Mission Woods, KS = $169,111 / 4.5 miles

Los Angeles, CA – Beverly Hills* = $85,460 / 9.9 miles

Louisville, KY – Mockingbird Valley = $138,129 / 4.8 miles

Louisville, KY – Strathmoor Village = $50,563 / 5.0 miles

Madison, WI – Maple Bluff = $104,323 / 4.3 miles

Madison, WI – Shorewood Hills = $91,194 / 3.1 miles

Miami, FL – Coral Gables* = $68,674 / 5.8 miles

Miami, FL – Key Biscayne = $83,607 / 8.4 miles

Miami, FL – Miami Beach = $53,223 / 5.9 miles

Milwaukee, WI – Shorewood* = $51,445 / 5.0 miles

Milwaukee, WI – Whitefish Bay* = $61,830 / 7.2 miles

Minneapolis, MN – Golden Valley* = $57,562 / 5.0 miles

Nashville, TN – Belle Meade = $165,932 / 7.5 miles

Nashville, TN – Forest Hills = $119,305 / 8.4 miles

Nashville, TN – Oak Hill = $100,895 / 6.5 miles

Oakland, CA – Piedmont* = $107,983 / 3.5 miles

Oklahoma City, OK – Nichols Hills = $134,586 / 7.8 miles

Orlando, FL – Winter Park* = $64,303 / 5.0 miles

Portland, OR – Lake Oswego = $68,452 / 7.2 miles – Added on 11/7/21 – Thanks, Dan!

Portland, OR – Raleigh Hills = $61,343 / 5.7 miles

Portland, OR – West Haven-Sylvan = $68,094 / 6.2 miles

Portland, OR – West Slope = $51,287 / 6.3 miles

San Antonio, TX – Alamo Heights* = $93,141 / 4.6 miles

San Antonio, TX – Olmos Park* = $117,105 / 4.1 miles

San Antonio, TX – Terrell Hills* = $78,597 / 4.5 miles

San Diego, CA – Coronado = $61,479 / 6.0 miles

Seattle, WA – Medina = $128,408 / 8.9 miles

Seattle, WA – Mercer Island = $90,130 / 7.2 miles

Toledo, OH – Ottawa Hills = $80,372 / 5.9 miles

Washington, DC – Bethesda, MD* = $98,119 / 7.1 miles

Washington, DC – Chevy Chase, MD* = $104,133 / 7.0 miles

West Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach = $191,114 / 1.4 miles – Added on 11/5/21

Wichita, KS – Eastborough = $87,373 / 4.0 miles

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*Once was a streetcar suburb or was planned to be one when established.

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4 Responses to Wealthier “nearburb” communities close to downtown

  1. Dan Tilque says:

    Add Lake Oswego OR to the Portland area nearburbs. Bus route from downtown is 8 miles; the median income is about $53K. And that median income seems kind of low to me. There are sections of Lake Oswego, especially around the lake, with much higher (as in 2 or 3 orders of magnitide higher) median incomes.

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    • Dan Tilque says:

      Looks like I made a error in my post above. I found the median income, but the blog is about average per capita income. For Lake Oswego, that’s over $68K. It definitely belongs on the list.

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  2. Dave Bee says:

    Stop by our place in East Grand Rapids the next time you’re in town! Street car used to run a about 200 feet from our house (before my time). Bus route at end of our street will take you to downtown GR in about five minutes.

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