America's Richest, Poorest Cities
San Jose is No. 1 in terms of income; poorest is Detroit
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 21, 2012 11:26 AM CDT
Updated Sep 21, 2012 11:45 AM CDT
Downtown San Jose.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Of the country's 25 most populated cities, San Jose has the highest median household income: near $77,000, compared to the national median of $51,000. San Jose's success is thanks in part to its high-tech culture. MarketWatch lists the five richest, with median incomes:

  • San Jose, $77,000
  • San Francisco: $70,000
  • Washington, DC: $63,000
  • Seattle: $61,000
  • San Diego: $61,000

On the flip side is Detroit, with a $25,000 median income—the lowest of the 25 cities. Just 13% of its residents age 25 and up have college degrees; the national figure is 29%. The bottom five:

  • Detroit, $25,000
  • Philadelphia: $34,000
  • Memphis: $35,000
  • Baltimore: $39,000
  • Indianapolis: $39,000
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Sep 22, 2012 10:12 AM CDT
I was curious about the median income of my town, so checked it out. It fell 9.5% between 2000 and 2009. This is one of the biggest problems for the govie - falling tax revenue from falling incomes.
Sep 22, 2012 3:50 AM CDT
i think we're also the biggest stoner city. programmers love their smoke.
Sep 21, 2012 3:14 PM CDT
Rummy the Bummy and Lyin' Ryan are working to get ALL cities to be poor, except where THEY live, of course! VOTE DEMOCRATIC FOR A BETTER AMERICA!