Even if New Jersey’s state finances rest uncomfortably close to thin ice, plenty of its residents have fat billfolds. Indeed, the state can counttowns among the 100 wealthiest in the country, according to the Bloomberg Richest Places annual index. That’s second only to California (23) and well ahead of New York (13). Connecticut has five listed and Pennsylvania none.
Short Hills (average income, $367,491) is New Jersey’s highest entrant on the list. Other Garden State locations in the top 50 are Rumson, 19th (average income, $303,542); Upper Saddle River, 32nd ($271,700) and Upper Montclair — a neighborhood within Montclair — 39th ($263,035). North Caldwell, where Tony Soprano once stashed a lot of cash in his basement, comes it at 47th ($251,468); and Glen Ridge 49th ($248,698).
California has most towns on the list with locations in Silicon Valley dominating, naturally. For the third year in a row, the richest of the rich towns in the country is the Golden State’s Atherton (average income, $450,696), home to the Eric Schmidt of Google and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook. Six counties dominate the list. New Jersey’s Bergen County is among them, along with Westchester in New York, Fairfield in Connecticut, Cook County in Illinois, Los Angeles County in California, and Montgomery County, Maryland.