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Economy

Do you live in a 'Super ZIP?' Here are Michigan's top 5 wealthiest ZIP codes

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The Washington Post
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This map shows you how wealthy your ZIP code is.

The Washington Post created it using data from the 2010 Census. Only zip codes that have at least 500 adults were included in the map (so some ZIP codes in the U.P. were not counted).

The ZIP codes are ranked from 0-99.

The higher the number, the higher the average household income and the higher the percentage of adults who have college degrees.

This is a screenshot of Michigan. Yellow means more affluent and more college educations. The greens, light blues and dark blues are increasingly less wealthy and have lower percentages of college-educated adults.
Credit From the Washington Post's map
This is a screenshot of Michigan. Yellow means more affluent and more college educations. The greens, light blues and dark blues are increasingly less wealthy and have lower percentages of college-educated adults.

The Washington Post's story focused on the intense pockets of wealth in the U.S., there are a few "Super ZIPS" in Michigan. 

"Super ZIPS" are ZIP codes that rank 95 or above.

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Most of Michigan's 'Super Zips' are located in southeast Michigan. One, Ada, is found in West Michigan.

5. Rochester - This ZIP scored a 96, classifying it as a Super ZIP.  Average income: $118,146. Percentage of adults who graduated from college: 60%.

4. Franklin - Franklin scored at a 97. Franklin has an average household income of $109,088 and 69% of adults are college-educated.

3. Troy - Troy got a 97. Specifically, 66% of adults are college grads and the average household income is $116,049.

2. Huntington Woods - With a median household income of $109,946 and 76% of adults being college grads, Huntington Woods scored a 98. (One zip code in Bloomfield Hills - there are three - also scored 98).

1. Novi - Novi got a 98 too, and the average household income is $138.994.  65% of the adults living there are college graduates. 

Here are some highlights from the Post's piece:

The growing number of people living in Super Zips here is redefining and reshaping the region, turning modest inner-suburb neighborhoods into upscale enclaves and outer-suburb farmland into sprawling housing developments, often gated. Yet many who live in these rapidly evolving communities do not think of themselves as rich or elite. The cost of living, particularly for housing, eats up a large chunk of the two incomes it typically takes to afford a comfortable home in a good school district.

- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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