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With the 2022 congressional midterm elections right around the corner, we wanted to investigate some of the details about America’s congressional districts; in particular, which ones are the wealthiest. Using data from the recently released U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, we analyzed all the congressional districts in the U.S. that comprised the 116th Congress — the Congress that began in January 2021 and will run until January 2023, after this November’s elections.

Read on to find out which congressional districts are the wealthiest in America in 2022.

10 Wealthiest Congressional Districts in America

According to the Census data, there are 40 congressional districts that have median household incomes that are in excess of $100,000. Perhaps not surprisingly, the majority of these 40 congressional districts with median incomes in excess of $100,000 are located in California, which on the state-level, has one of the highest median household incomes in the country.

Some of the other states that contain congressional districts with median incomes of more than $100,000 include Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington state, Illinois, Georgia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the richest congressional districts in more detail.

1. California Congressional District 17

Median household income: $159,361

Mean household income: $200,291

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 38.1%

This congressional district covers a portion of Silicon Valley, with notable cities including Cupertino, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Milpitas. The current member of the U.S. House that represents California District 17 is Ro Khanna, a member of the Democratic Party.

2. California Congressional District 18

Median household income: $156,828

Mean household income: $239,456

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 41.8%

This congressional district originally covered cities like Palo Alto and Mountain View, and stretching south down to the coast, from Pescadero to Santa Cruz. Now, after the 2020 redistricting cycle, the 18th Congressional District has changed substantially, covering parts of Silicon Valley in its northern reaches, but now stretching southward to include Salinas and much interior California territory, including Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, and King City. The district no longer includes the Pacific coast.

3. Virginia Congressional District 10

Median household income: $140,889

Mean household income: $176,398

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 31.3%

This congressional district lies to the west of the Washington, D.C. area, including the cities of Manassas, Leesburg, and Warrenton, after the 2020 redistricting cycle. The current incumbent is Democrat Jennifer Wexton.

4. New York Congressional District 3

Median household income: $130,679

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Mean household income: $178,723

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 30.4%

Currently represented by Democrat Tom Suozzi — who decided to make a run for governor of the state — covers the northern portion of Long Island, running from Great Neck in the west to Dix Hills and Kings Park in the east.

5. California Congressional District 14

Median household income: $127,509

Mean household income: $180,486

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 30%

Originally covering much of the peninsula that San Francisco lies on, California’s 14th Congressional District has been moved to the other side of San Francisco Bay after the 2020 redistricting cycle. It now covers cities like Hayward, Fremont, Castro Valley, and Livermore.

6. California Congressional District 15

Median household income: $126,475

Mean household income: $164,653

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 30.4%

California’s 15th Congressional District once covered much of the area that the current 14th District covers. After the 2020 redistricting cycle, the 15th Congressional District now covers much of the San Francisco Peninsula, including cities such as Daly City, San Mateo and Redwood City.

7. New Jersey Congressional District 7

Median household income: $125,429

Mean household income: $174,815

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 28.4%

Currently represented by Democrat Tom Malinowski, New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District is quite competitive politically, with the past two House of Representative elections being very close. The New Jersey 7th District covers a large portion of North Jersey, including all of Hunterdon County, and parts of Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties, and notably the incredibly affluent neighborhood of Short Hills.

8. New Jersey Congressional District 11

Median household income: $124,072

Mean household income: $167,588

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 28.1%

Currently represented by Democrat Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District also covers much of North Jersey like the 7th District. New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District includes cities like Parsippany, Denville, Morristown, and Woodland Park, right up to but excluding the cities of Paterson and West Orange and East Orange.

9. New York Congressional District 4

Median household income: $122,164

Mean household income: $152,531

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 24.6%

Currently represented by Democrat Kathleen Rice, who’s not running for reelection, New York’s 4th Congressional District covers parts of southern Long Island, just east of JFK International Airport. Some of the cities the 4th District includes are Hempstead, Mineola, Oceanside, Woodmere, and Long Beach on Long Island’s southern coast.

10. California Congressional District 12

Median household income: $121,274

Mean household income: $182,688

Percentage of households with incomes of $200,000 or more: 31.8%

Currently represented by Democrat Nancy Pelosi, California’s 12th Congressional District originally covered San Francisco. However, after the 2020 redistricting cycle, California’s 12th Congressional District has moved across the Bay to cover cities like Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro.

Table of the Wealthiest Congressional Districts in America

Below you’ll find a table of the wealthiest congressional districts in America. The table includes the 40 congressional districts that have median household incomes of more than $100,000. The table also includes a breakdown of the percentage of households that earn various ranges of income.

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