Success is relative term, but for a lot of people, a fair portion of their success revolves around their job.
High incomes, low unemployment rates, and a good education – all these things can be categorized as “successful” measures.
This got us thinking: What are the most successful cities in each state? So we decided to find out.
Now, the purpose of this research isn’t to stir up any Hatfield–McCoy-esque feuds between neighboring cities. We just wanted to see what cities are the best for success.
You can find each state’s most successful city below, but first let’s check out the top 10.
These are the states with the top 10 most successful cities in the United States:
All the names sound pleasant, so that’s a good start.
Using data from the Census’ 2012-2016 American Community Survey PUMS dataset, we ranked cities in each state across three categories:
Each city was ranked on a scale of 1 to the number of cities in each state, and the three variables were averaged to produce an individual index. The lower the score, the better.
All of the village’s figures are impressive – notably its median income of over $185k and unemployment rate of 1.5%.
Known for its affluency, Glencoe offers a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of metro Chicago, but is also close enough to experience the city’s best qualities.
With median incomes near $200k and unemployment rate of 1.4%, there are plenty of well-paying jobs in Floris and the surrounding areas.
Ladue sits nary 30 minutes outside St. Louis – one of the main economic hubs for the Midwest.
With nearly 83% of adults over the age of 25 holding a bachelor’s degree, the highly educated area provides opportunities for workers to commute to and from St. Louis for work.
The area’s median income sits above $187k and its unemployment rate is just at 2.1%.
Pretty good figures right there.
Residents here are highly educated, with nearly 85% of those aged over 25 having at least a bachelor’s degree.
Commute into D.C. for work. Commute home to escape and relax.
Located on a peninsula in California – the area also boasts a 2% unemployment rate.
Working at the beach? Not such a bad life.
Rolling hills and large houses paint the nicer side of Alabama.
Paradise Valley is exactly that – an affluent area on the outskirts of Scottsdale and Phoenix.
With luxury golf courses, shopping areas, and a median income of over $170k, Paradise Valley offers a lot to their higher-end residents.
Located outside Cincinnati, a median household income of $205,221 makes things a little less stressful for the residents of the village.
Located barely an hour from Long Island, the town offers a more scenic view of New York compared to the Big Apple.
There you have it! The states with the top 10 most successful cities in America.
To see what city is the most successful in your state, check out this table.