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2010 Census: Top States for Population and Wealth

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The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the United States population in this country has increased 9.7% since the 2000 census, to 308,745,538 in 2010. The regions in which population got the largest upward bump were the South, rising 14.31 million, and in the West, adding 8.74 million. In the Northeast, the population grew by 1.72 million and the Midwest by 2.53 million, according to the new Census figures.

Real-estate woes notwithstanding, Nevada’s population jumped by 35.1% to a population of 2.70 million, which was the largest percentage jump of any state. But Texas gained more residents than any other state, adding 4.293 million people, for a state total of 25.14 million. California remains the most populous state, with 37.25 million people. The smallest state by population is Wyoming, with 563,626 persons,.

It’s interesting to note that the states with the highest median incomes, as determined by previous Bureau research, led by New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maryland, are not the states where the “Wealthiest Americans” live, or those with the “10 Most Expensive Zip Codes.”














The Wealthiest Americans

The states with the wealthiest Americans, counting those ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) Americans with $30 million or more, are:

  • California
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • Florida

The top three zip codes, based on median home prices, are all in California:

  1. Duarte/Bradbury, Calif., 91008 with a median home price of $4,276,462
  2. Atherton, Calif., 94027, with a median home price of $4,010,200
  3. Rolling Hills, Calif., 90274, with a median home price of $3,892,456

Surprising Census Findings

Comparing the earlier Census Bureau findings on income with the 2010 Census numbers on population yields some interesting points. California, which ranks highest in UHNW individuals and leads the U.S. in highest median home prices, is ranked 13th on the U.S. Census list of highest median income.

Of the other top-ranked states in numbers of UHNW individuals, New York ranks 24th in the Census Bureau’s highest median household income; Texas is ranked 35th, Illinois 17th; and Florida is number 39 by the median household income measure, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

For the full Census Bureau ranking of states (and the District of Columbia) by median income in Excel format, please click here.


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