High incomes earn Hill top rank

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By Gabriel Vasquez

Los Alamos continues to lead the nation in its per-capita population of affluent Americans, according to a Nielsen study released Tuesday.

Two Connecticut locations, Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk and Torrington, were second and third in the study. Six California communities ranked among the top 20.

The study defines “affluent American households” as those with income and income producing assets (IPA) in excess of $100,000, a category birthed locally by the city’s largest employer, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“We have a lot of highly skilled people that draw large salaries,” said Kevin Holsapple, executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. “There are not many people here that are unemployed. There are more in a retired status that still have very significant means.”

Despite the nationwide economic slump, Holsapple said that demographically, not a lot has changed in Los Alamos over the last few years. The largest earners continue to be “highly compensated” workers at “high levels of federal employment.”

Subtract a couple hundred thousand people from the other cities mentioned, and Los Alamos becomes somewhat of a gold mine.

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