Top 10 Wealthy African American Neighborhoods

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

These are the most affluent neighborhoods where African Americans hold the majority.

#10 – View Park-Windsor Hills, California Median Income: $83,000 | Population: 11,648 | Median Age: 47

This large middle-to-upper-class Black community comes in at the #10 spot, with an average family income of $83,000. View Park-Windsor Hills is part of a band of districts, from Culver City’s Fox Hills district on the west to the Los Angeles district of Leimert Park. The area is the single largest geographically middle- and upper-class Black community in the United States. Over half of the adults in View Park-Windsor Hills have earned a bachelor’s degree from college. The median home value for View Park-Windsor is $553,000.

#9 – Lake Arbor, Maryland

Median Income: $93,000 | Population: 10,414 | Median Age: 40

Lake Arbor is a thriving African-American community in Prince George’s County, Md. The average family income for this town is $93,000. Lake Arbor has a population of 92% African Americans, safely landing it on our list of the wealthiest African-American communities in the United States. Lake Arbor established Prince George’s County as the most desirable destination for young, affluent African American families moving from Washington, DC for a suburban lifestyle. The median home value for Lake Arbor is $284,000.

#8 – Hillcrest, New York Median Income: $94,000 | Population: 7,317 | Median Age: 42

This prosperous middle-class African American community also makes the top 10 list with a median family income of $94,000. Hillcrest is a middle-class Black community in New York with a 56% African American population. In the early 1900s, Hillcrest became a summer retreat for African American working-class families who would travel by train from New York City. Located in Rockland County, this area has not always been predominantly African-American. In the 1990s, there was a dramatic demographic change as African American newcomers were lured from New York for lower taxes and greater real estate value. The median home value for Hillcrest is $358,000.

#7 – Friendly, Maryland Median Income: $103,000 | Population: 9,708 | Median Age: 42

Friendly is a prosperous, upscale Black community that makes the top 10 list with a median family income of $103,000. Friendly is another affluent predominately Black neighborhood in Prince George’s County, Md. with an African American make-up of 74%. Landing in at the #7 spot, Friendly has the largest number of Black-owned businesses of any community on this list. The Friendly area was largely rural until about 1960 and has steadily grown with the emergence of multiple upscale, single-family housing developments. The median home value for Friendly is $269,000.

#6 – Ladera Heights, California Median Income: $103,000 | Population: 7,509 | Median Age: 50

This stunning community, located near beautiful beaches and nearby cities such as Hollywood and Los Angeles, ranks number #6, with an average family income of $103,000. Ladera Heights is an affluent Black prestigious community in the Sunny State of California where much of the area’s appeal stems from the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Ladera’s African American population stands at 71%. In addition to hillside houses as well as its proximity to the beaches and Hollywood, over 50% of the community’s adults have a four-year college degree. This influential community is divided by Lower and Upper Ladera to distinguish old and new African-American money in this area. Located near Culver City and also known as the "hidden neighborhood," its residents remain low-key about their affluence. The median home value for Ladera Heights is $789,000.

#5 – Fort Washington, Maryland Median Income: $104,000 | Population: 23,611 | Median Age: 48

This prosperous community is located just south of Washington D.C. and has an average family income of $104,000. This little star fort, down the Potomac river from Washington, D.C. was once the only defensive fort protecting the US Capital. Fort Washington is an upper-middle-class Black community with a 68% African American population. Young professionals with families and college students predominately live in Fort Washington. The median home value for Fort Washington is $305,000.

#4 – Brandywine, Maryland Median Income: $118,000 | Population: 9,309 | Median Age: 38

Brandywine is recognized as one of the most flourishing African-American cities in the United States with a median family income of $118,000. This is another upscale, upper middle class community in Prince George’s county with 66% of its population being African American. This predominately black neighborhood is surrounded by parks and wildlife areas that make it feel like it’s a world apart from nearby Washington DC. The median home value for Brandywine is $315,000.

#3 – Mitchellville, Maryland Median Income: $121,000 | Population: 10,475 | Median Age: 43

This upper middle class community has an average family income of $121,000. It has a makeup of 84% African Americans and can boast of its excellent schools and a high school graduation rate of 80 percent. Most Mitchellville students go on to colleges like nearby Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Mitchellville, too, is a prosperous African-American gated community in Prince George’s County in Maryland. Residents of Mitchellville take tremendous pride in their friendly community and beautiful homes. The median home value for Mitchellville is $327,000.

#2 – Rosaryville, Maryland Median Income: $117,000 | Population: 11,348 | Median Age: 41

This upper middle class community is another neighborhood within Prince George’s County with an average family income of $117,000. It has a makeup of 80% African Americans. With its close proximity to Washington DC, Rosaryville has access to many arts and entertainment venues such as museums, performing arts spots, golfing, as well as nightlight activities. Rosaryville’s story is emblematic of the socio-economic and demographic evolution of Prince George's County that occurred in the mid-1980s. Against the strong resistance of many large national builders who perceived Prince George’s County as a cheap retreat for urban African Americans who couldn’t afford upscale amenities for their homes, black buyers rushed to embrace elaborate features such as two-car garages, brick, and lush landscaping. The median home value for Rosaryville is $300,000.

#1 – Woodmore, Maryland Median Income: $140,000 | Population: 3,911 | Median Age: 46

Rounding off our list at the #1 spot is a prosperous, upscale community in, YES, you guessed it: Prince George’s County, Maryland. As with all of the Prince George communities on our Top 10 List, Woodmore is an ideal location for first-time buyers, young families, as well as professionals who work in Washington, DC. This prestigious community is 84% African American and has a median family income of $140,000. Woodmore is an affluent African-American gated community centered on a private country club and golf course: The Country Club at Woodmore. The golf course was designed by Arnold Palmer. Home values in Woodmore are among the highest in the state of Maryland, demonstrating both the sophisticated tastes and buying power of the predominantly African American market. It is one of the most well-educated cities in the US where 58% of adults have earned a Bachelor’s degree from college. Woodmore is home to the popular amusement park, Six Flags America. The median home value for Woodmore is $398,000.

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