The Richest Zip Codes In The United States [PHOTOS] – See Where YOUR Money Goes!!

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Posted: 02/24/12 10:10 AM ET  |  Updated: 02/24/12 10:16 PM ET 

It may be only five numbers long, but a zip code can say a lot about a person. Like if they have rich neighbors, for example.Of 29,000 zip codes examined by the Internal Revenue Service, only three had an average yearly income of one million dollars or more, based on recently released data from 2008 (h/t Tax.com). But the average income per year for all of the top ten richest zip codes exceeds $700,000, according to IRS data, a staggering sum compared to the average American taxpayer’s income of just $49,000in 2009.Three of the wealthiest five zip codes are located in New York City, but neighborhoods in California, Florida and Illinois also made the top ten in highest average income.That New York City boasts so many cash-money zip codes may not be surprising. Not only does the city count among its residents 7,270 people worth $30 million or more, it’s also one of the most expensive places to live in the nation. Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn all count in the top five towns with the highest cost of living, a report from the Council for Community and Economic Research found.

Thanks to the high cost of living, a Manhattanite making $60,000 a year lives a lifestyle equivalent to the average American making just $26,092, according to a 2009 Center for an Urban Future report cited by the New York Daily News.Here are the 10 zip codes with the highest average annual incomes, according to the IRS Statistics of Income division: 

10. Grand Central Station, NY – 10168
 
 
Average income (in thousands): $705 Number of returns: 276 Effective tax rate: 24.2 percent

 9. New Vernon, NJ – 07976

Average income (in thousands): $749 Number of returns: 746 Effective tax rate: 22.1 percent
Pictured: Caroline Kennedy in New Vernon in 1966

8. Century City Los Angeles, CA – 90067

 
Average income (in thousands): $751 Number of returns: 3,606 Effective tax rate: 25.6 percent
 
7. Atherton, CA – 94027 
  
 
Average income (in thousands): $768 Number of returns: 3,460 Effective tax rate: 23.5 percent
 
6. Downtown Chicago, IL – 60604
 
 
Average income (in thousands): $782 Number of returns: 922 Effective tax rate: 21.4 percent
 
5. Oklahoma City, OK – 73154
 
 
Average income (in thousands): $888 Number of returns: 368 Effective tax rate: 27.9 percent
 
4. 45 Rockefeller Plaza, NY – 10111
 
 
Average income (in thousands): $891 Number of returns: 760 Effective tax rate: 19.6 percent
 
3. Fisher Island, FL – 33109
 
 
Average income (in thousands): $1,531 Number of returns: 275 Effective tax rate: 17.8 percent
 
2. 30 Rockefeller Plaza – 10112
 
 
Average income (in thousands): $1,920 Number of returns: 257 Effective tax rate: 19.1 percen
 
1. Lower Manhattan, NY – 10274
 
 
Average income (in thousands): $5,711 Number of returns: 527 Effective tax rate: 26 percent
 
 
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