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Idyllic Houston neighbor cashes in as No. 2 richest city in Texas for 2023
Here's the latest reminder that Houston is indeed a boomtown: Two booming 'burbs have been named to a list of the richest cities in America.
Bellaire comes in at No. 2 overall in a new study by HomeSnacks.com. Pearland lands further down the list at No. 20.
HomeSnacks has been ranking cities, neighborhoods, counties, and states across America for more than five years, using data from the Census Bureau, OpenStreetMaps, the FBI, and other sources. For this year's study, the website compared 355 cities with populations of at least 5,000 people to determine where "the richest of the rich" live.
Moving up two spots from last year's rankings, Bellaire ranks second overall with a median income of $211,202 and other signifiers of affluence. The cost of living in Bellaire is 1.7 times the national average; the average home there costs around $829,400, while the area scores a perfect 10 ranking for education and housing.
Notably, the area falls 19.77 percent below the national average for crime.
Pearland residents post a median income of $107,941, per the report, with a the average home estimated at around $260,300. The suburb scores a perfect 10 for diversity and a whopping 34.97 percent lower rank for crime than the national average.
As for the richest city in Texas, that owner goes to the Dallas-area city of Southlake, which also came in at No. 1 overall on HomeSnacks list in 2022. Southlake residents enjoy a median income of $239,833, and a unemployment rate of just 2.2 percent. HomeSnacks shows the median home price for Southlake at $697,000.
Texas' top 10 richest cities for 2023 are:
3. Alamo Heights
8. Highland Village
9. Bee Cave
Those interested can visit HomeSnacks' website to see the top 100 richest cities in Texas, download the full list and rankings, or search to see where their city came in on the list.