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San Diego ranks as fifth richest city in America

SAN DIEGO – America’s Finest City is rated as one of the richest cities in America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

San Diego ranks No. 5 in the nation with a median household income of $61,000.

San Jose took the top spot, with $77,000 in median income. San Francisco was No. 2 with $70,000 in median income, followed by Washington, D.C. with $63,000 in median income and Seattle with $61,000 in median income.

San Jose is boosted by tech riches, San Francisco by the well-educated, Washington by wealth and power, and Seattle by a slew of riches, according to a report by NASDAQ. That article said this about San Diego:

Money and Meerkats in San Diego

San Diego had a median household income of $61,000 last year, ranking it No. 5 among the country's largest cities. About 44% of workers are in management, business, science, and arts occupations. And, of course, there is the city's famous zoo, home to meerkats, wombats and other creatures. But San Diego isn't resting on its cute laurels. According to the city's website, the regional economy "continues to undergo a dynamic transformation from one based on military and defense spending to an economy that is propelled by high-technology companies competing in the international marketplace."

This is the second high-profile ranking for San Diego. Last week, Forbes said the San Diego neighborhood of North Park ranked as one of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods."

Despite having three of its major cities on the list, California slipped as the statewide median income fell 4% to $59,540.

On the flip side, the poorest cities in America are Detroit, Philadelphia, Memphis, Baltimore and Indianapolis, the Census Bureau report showed.

Detroit, which was in last place, has a median household income of $25,000.