Where Do You Live? The Most Affluent Black Communities In The Country

April 24, 2014  |  

If you are interesting in living in a posh black neighborhood you should consider moving to either Maryland or New York. According to The Root, a majority of the most affluent black communities are located in these two states.

At the top of the list is Fort Washington, Md., where the median household income is $110,759. Mega-church Ebenezer AME is located here. “African Americans in this Prince George’s County community make up 70.6 percent of the city’s residents,” reports The Root.

Over in New York, Hillcrest, located in Rockland County, was also high on the list. Black households in Hillcrest have a median household income of $96,838 and 55.8 percent of its residents are black. According to the  New York Times, this former Jewish enclave had Rockland County’s highest percentage of African Americans and Asians in 2001.

Other places in Maryland include: Mitchellville (median household income: $109,184, African-American pop. 85.4 percent);  Bowie (median household income: $105,936, African-American pop. 48.7 percent); Friendly (median household income: $97,598, African-American pop. 79.6 percent); and Ketterin ($89,577, 92.1 percent black).

Elmont on the south shore of NY’s Long Island ($85,040, 45.5 percent black) and Wheatley Heights, N.Y. ($84,258,  54.6 percent black) also made the list.

Non-NY or Maryland sites included Ladera Heights, Calif. where the media household income is $97,568. ¨Ladera Heights borders two other affluent African-American communities in Southern California: View Park-Windsor Hills and Baldwin Hills, ¨ reports The Root. The neighborhood is 73.7 percent black. And having lived in Ladera Heights at one point, this writer can tell you when folks in L.A. hear you are in LH, they are impressed.

Olympia Fields in  Ill. is home to Chicago’s black ellite. The median household income here is  $79,762 where 69.5 percent of the residents are black.  Last year, R. Kelly sold his Olympia Fields estate to Rudolph Isley, one of the founding members of the Isley Brothers.

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