How many of you think you’re rich? If you measured your wealth on a world scale, everyone would enjoy “Bill Gates” status. But what if you measured your wealth against others in Northern California? Here’s where things change drastically. According to
an article in NerdWallet these are the 8 wealthiest cities in our part of the state. So, are you rich or not? You’re about to find out.
The city of Livermore comes in at number 8. Home to the Lawrence Livermore Lab and Wente Winery. Not only one of the most wealthy spots in Northern California, but also a great place to raise a family AND they appreciate their historical places, too. This is Ravenswood -- the very spot I was married at almost 20 years ago.
7. Mountain View
Ahhhh, sweet Mountain View. Where the young, wealthy computer geeks call home. Google is here and so is a boatload of money. Google alone employs over 16,000 people. And, our guess is that more than likely, a few are making over $100,000 a year.
6. San Mateo
When it comes to wealthy people San Mateo has its fair share. The average person on the street brings in over $100,000 a year.
This would be Lake Elizabeth in Fremont Central Park. In 1956 five small towns (Irvington, Mission Viejo, Niles, Warm Springs and Centerville) came together and became the city of Fremont. Apparently, that was a pretty great move on their part. They're fifth on our wealthiest cities list.
4. Redwood City
This city is just 24 miles south of San Francisco. It has done a lot in recent years to revitalize its downtown. Their city slogan is "Climate Best By Government Test." During World War I there was government research done that gave Redwood City crowning glory as the best climate in the world.
AKA P-Town is right up there at the top. While their income may be a little less than San Ramon, they make up for it and even surpass them in house value - their average home? It's worth a mere $961,000.00.
2. San Ramon
This sleepy valley town has gotten wealthier and wealthier over the years. San Ramon is number two when it comes to wealthiest in Northern California cities. Would you believe the average Joe on the street earns $135,000 a year? Way to go San Ramon!
1. Palo Alto
I see rich people. Shoreline Park makes a sweet statement and commercial for the good life. And, if Tesla calls this city home you'd better know it's wealthy. Ranking at numero uno, this city's median income is a whopping $151,370.00, with the average home going for a cool $2.5 million dollars (said in my best Austin Powers voice).
How did you do? Do you happen to live in one of these magical spots? Better yet, how’s your annual income look? Either way, I don’t live in any of these cities, so I might need to hit you up for a loan.