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Posted: 15 May 2014 11:40 AM PDT

Here Are the 10 Richest Towns in America

Posted: 15 May 2014 11:38 AM PDT

Where do the richest Americans live? Short answer: the Northeast. Six out of 10 of the nation's wealthiest zip codes come from Connecticut, Maryland, New York and New Jersey, while three more lie just to the south, in Virginia. Only one zip code west of the Mississippi—76092 in Southlake, Texas—cracks the top 10.

Using 5 year averages from the US Census Bureau, the data was compiled and visualized by FindTheBest, a research engine. (Note that this study was limited to zip codes with at least 10,000 residents.)

Here's a heat map showing the nation's richest zip codes, where darker is wealthier.


A few characteristics common to the top 10 (and most of the top 50):

Well-educated: about 80% of residents in the 10 wealthiest zip codes have at least a Bachelor's degree, compared to only about 30% in the average American zip code.
Costly: at least 87% of residents in the 10 wealthiest zip codes pay more than $2,000 per month on their mortgage.
Married: approximately 70% of residents in each of the wealthiest zip codes are married, compared to only about 50% nationally.
Caucasian: the wealthiest zip codes in the nation are overwhelmingly white, with one exception (see below).
Employed: none of the top 10 wealthiest zip codes have unemployment rates above 6.5%, and most are well under 5%.

#10: 22101
McLean, Virginia
57.8% of households make more than $150k

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This house owned by the government of Saudi Arabia, was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) officials on a report of human trafficking in McLean, Va., Thursday, May 2, 2013, Alex Brandon—AP

McLean is the most expensive suburb in the Washington metro area, home to many government officials and wealthy politicians.

McLean's 22101 zip code isn't just wealthy: it's smart. Students in 22101 boast the best overall performance on the SAT, ACT, and AP exam compared to every other zip code on this list.

#9: 76092
Southlake, Texas
58.7% of households make more than $150k

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Kelly McGuire Lynch poses at her soon-to-be ex-home in Southlake, Texas, with her son Patrick, June 24, 2009. MCT—Getty Images

Southlake is a wealthy suburb near Dallas-Fort Worth, home to Sabre Holdings, an S&P 500 company that owns Travelocity.

Southlake's 76092 zip code is distinctive for several reasons. Besides being the only top finisher out West, the zip code is tied for the most modern of the 10, with a median home construction year of 1995 (compare that to the national median, 1974). It's also the least educated of the top 10, with just 23.8% of residents holding advanced degrees (though that's still over twice the national percentage of 10.6%).

#8: 06820
Darien, Connecticut
59.7% of households make more than $150k

The home of Morgan Stanley investment banker, William Bryan Jennings, is seen at 39 Knollwood Lane in Darien
The home of Morgan Stanley investment banker, William Bryan Jennings, is seen in Darien, Connecticut on March 6, 2012. Adam Hunger—Reuters

Darien is a quiet town in southwest Connecticut made up of wealthy professionals, most of whom commute to Manhattan or other nearby cities.

Darien's 06820 zip code is both very wealthy and very white. With 95% of residents identifying as caucasian, it's the least diverse of the top 10.

#7: 21029
Clarksville, Maryland
62.2% of households make more than $150k

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Mark Gail’s TWP House at in Clarksville, MD on July 28, 2006. The Washington Post/Getty Images

Clarksville is a wealthy community between Baltimore and Washington DC, home to some of the most expensive properties in the nation.

Clarksville's 21029 zip code is the most diverse of the top 10, with a population 61% caucasian, 28% Asian and 7% African American. (The next most diverse—20854—is 74% caucasian, essentially the same as the nation as a whole.)

#6: 20854
Potomac, Maryland
62.4% of households make more than $150k

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Linda Hobbins waters the mums on the front steps of her 18th century farmhouse in Potomac, Maryland on August 29, 2012. The Washington Post/Getty Images


Sitting on the east bank of the Potomac River, Potomac is home to wealthy DC professionals and several nationally-ranked schools.

With 17.3% residents over 65, the 20854 zip code has more retirees than any other top 10 finisher. It's also the largest (nearly 50,000 residents) and the most female (51.7%).

#5: 10514
Chappaqua, New York
63.7% of households make more than $150k

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The home of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on Old House Lane in Chappaqua, N.Y on Sept. 3, 1999. NY Daily News/Getty Images

Once a modest farming town, Chappaqua is now a wealthy hamlet north of New York City containing wealthy professionals and Ivy League-bound students.

Chappaqua's 10514 zip code, like much of New York, is less car-dependant than the rest of America. More than one in three 10514 residents take public transportation to work, the highest proportion of the wealthiest 10 zip codes.

#4: 22066
Great Falls, Virginia
67% of households make more than $150k

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Front exterior of the Baker’s home in Great Falls VA on October 2, 2013. The Washington Post/Getty Images

While many Great Falls residents spend their days working in DC, their homes sit along the pricey desirable west bank of the Potomac River.

Among the top 10 wealthiest zip codes, Great Falls' 22066 has the second highest percentage of homeowners (94.3% of residents own a house), as well as the second highest average number of cars (nearly 60% own at least three cars). Compare those figures to the national averages, where just 66% of Americans own a home and just 35% own three or more cars.

#3: 06883
Weston, Connecticut
67.3% of households make more than $150k

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Students in a pre-kindergartner class enjoy reading a book by children’s author Alan Katz during OfficeMax’s “A Day Made Better” presentation at Hurlbutt Elementary School in Weston, Connecticut on April 26, 2010. Wendy Carlson—Getty Images

Weston is one of several wealthy towns in southwestern Connecticut, each known for affluence, low crime, great schools, big properties, and lots of open space.

The smallest of the 10 wealthiest zip codes, 06883 is home to 10,203 residents, just large enough to earn a spot in this study.

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#2: 22039
Fairfax Station, Virginia
67.8% of households make more than $150k

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Metro trains move to and from the Vienna Metro Station alongside I-66 traffic in Fairfax, VA. on May 18, 2009. Washington Post/Getty Images

Fairfax Station lies just to the southwest of Washington DC, and like several of the other zip codes on this list, is home to many DC professionals.

22039 is rich, old, and traffic-clogged. The zip code houses more middle-aged and elderly combined than the other nine cities on this list, while its average commute time—38.9 minutes—is the worst of the group. Car ownership may have something to do with this: over 10% of 22039 residents have 5 or more cars, the highest percentage of the bunch.

#1: 07078
Short Hills, New Jersey
69.4% of households make more than $150k

A view of the home of former JP Morgan chief investment officer Ina Drew in Short Hills, New Jersey
A view of the home of former JP Morgan chief investment officer Ina Drew in Short Hills, New Jersey, on May 14, 2012. Eduardo Munoz—Reuters

West of New York City, Short Hills is a quiet, affluent town, popular among wealthy NYC commuters.

The wealthiest zip code in the nation is also the oldest of the 10 architecturally, with a median home construction year of 1952. On the whole, its residents are the best educated of the 10 (51% of residents hold advanced degrees). Unfortunately, the zip code's performance on national high school exams (SAT, ACT, AP) are noticeably worse than its fellow top 10 finishers, lagging behind even the national average.

A closer view of East Coast zip codes by household income:


An Answer to the Question You’ve Been Too Afraid to Ask: What the Heck Is Gluten?

Posted: 15 May 2014 11:21 AM PDT

If you had a quarter for every time you heard someone talking about gluten lately, you’d probably have enough money to buy yourself an entire gluten-free pizza or something.

Clearly gluten — and talking about gluten and debating the merits of a gluten and then talking about gluten some more — is the cool thing right now, so if you don’t actually know what the heck gluten is, you’ve probably been too embarrassed to ask. But don’t worry! The folks of AsapSCIENCE have created this handy explainer video to break it all down, beginning with what gluten is and why some people aren’t eating it.

Spoiler alert: if you don’t have Celiac disease and you don’t suffer from symptoms like cramps or diarrhea after eating gluten, there’s no real health benefit to going gluten-free. In fact, there are even some risks to cutting it out. We can only assume that the fad will eventually fade out, leaving the gluten-free life to those who actually need to be living it.

See the First Look of Julianne Moore In the New Hunger Games Movie

Posted: 15 May 2014 11:18 AM PDT

Julianne Moore joins the Hunger Games cast as President Alma Coin, the ruthless leader of District 13.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2014.

[via BuzzFeed]

Grace of Monaco vs. Diana: Which Princess Biopic Is More Disastrous?

Posted: 15 May 2014 11:09 AM PDT

From the moment the two films were announced, Grace of Monaco and Diana were destined to draw comparisons to one another. Each film focuses on a compelling period in the private life of a high-profile royal — Princess Grace of Monaco and Diana, Princess of Wales. Each film even stars an Academy Award-winning Australian actress — real-life BFFs Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts.

But it was only after Thursday’s premiere of Grace of Monaco, the opener at the Cannes Film Festival, that the two films became linked in infamy. When Diana was released last fall, it was immediately and viciously panned by critics. As TIME editor at large Catherine Mayer bluntly put it in her review,”The film is a royal mess.” But Diana also gave reviewers a new benchmark of failure to which future royal biopics could be compared — and that benchmark hasn’t served Grace well. In his TIME review, Richard Corliss wrote the film is “[o]ften silly but never vivacious” and it’s “short on either insight or juice.” Other reviewers were more vicious: The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw wrote, “It is a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire-risk”; The Hollywood Reporter‘s Stephen Dalton asked, “Is it even possible to make a boring film out of this rich, juicy, gossipy material?”


While it’s already apparent that both films — despite juicy subject matter, stunning settings and award winning actors — won’t deliver on the hype, we broke down each movie to determine which royal really got the worst big-screen treatment.

Both films had well-known foreign directors attached, who had each previously garnered critical acclaim. Diana was helmed by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, who is best known for Downfall, a 2004 film that depicts the final ten days of Adolf Hitler’s reign over Nazi Germany in 1945. That film not only earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film, it also became an internet supermeme when, years later, a scene from the film was co-opted for countless parodies. (We’re sure there’s a “Hitler hears about the Diana movie” parody out there somewhere.)

Grace of Monaco was also helmed by a similarly auspicious director, Olivier Dahan. It was Dahan’s La Vie en Rose — the 2007 film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf — that brought Marion Cotillard her 2008 Best Actress win at the Oscars, marking the first time an Academy Award had been awarded for a French-language role.

Each film was repeatedly described as “lavish,” which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering their budgets. Though there’s no official numbers for Diana‘s production budget, reports have put the number as high as $40 million. While that’s not an exorbitant amount of money compared to the massive budgets afforded to Hollywood superhero films, Diana took in a paltry $21 million in box offices around the world, making it a verifiable flop.

For its part, Grace was made on a marginally tighter budget, with a reported $30 million spent on production. Since the film hasn’t received a theatrical release yet, there are no box office sales to calculate whether that figure will come close to being recouped. But considering the reviews, the film certainly isn’t guaranteed to be a money-maker.

Insider input:
Perhaps not surprisingly, both projects were met with resistance from the real-life families and friends of the movies’ subjects. Diana’s sons Princes William and Harry refrained from commenting on the the film about their mother, while the princess’s former lover, Dr. Hasnat Khan, was reportedly approached for input, but refused. He later told the press the film was, “based on gossip and Diana’s friends talking about a relationship they didn’t know much about.” He added, “There’s no way I am going to go anywhere near it, not now or ever.”

As for Grace, the late royal’s children, Prince Albert II, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, released a joint statement earlier this year saying their “numerous requests for changes” to the film’s script had been ignored. The statement went on to denounce the project, saying: “the royal family wishes to stress that this film in no way constitutes a biopic. It recounts one rewritten and needlessly glamorized page in the history of Monaco and its family with both major historical inaccuracies and a series of purely fictional scenes.”

Post-premiere brouhaha:
As Diana the woman continues to loom large in Britain’s public imagination, it’s hardly any surprise that U.K. critics were especially hard on Diana the film. It’s likely that scathing reception was the impetus for the film’s limited release in the U.S., where it appeared in a measly 38 theaters. But being barely seen stateside didn’t prevent Naomi Watts from being nominated for a Razzie for her performance.

When it comes to Grace, its post-premiere drama seems to be ongoing, as Dahan and U.S. distributor Harvey Weinstein are locked in a battle for final cut. The director has previously called Weinstein’s cut "a pile of shit," but as it was Dahan’s cut that premiered at Cannes — and earned all the blistering press — it’s unclear which cut will actually hit theaters in the U.S.


On paper, Diana and Grace of Monaco had everything going for them: prestigious directors, big-name stars, juicy subjects, lavish budgets and pre-release buzz. Yet the finest ingredients don’t always make the best dish and, in this case, the public was left with two very unsavory choices. And though it’s a close call, the combination of a festival opening flop, a public dispute over final cut, an official and royal denunciation, and marginally worse reviews lead us to believe that Grace of Monaco is the bigger cinematic train-wreck. (Though, of course, there’s still the possibility that Grace of Monaco will prove critics wrong and be a hit at the box office, but we very much doubt it)

Ultimately, it almost doesn’t matter which princess picture was the bigger bomb: we all lose here.


‘Quick Facts’ Feature Turns Google Maps into Your Personal Tour Guide

Posted: 15 May 2014 11:06 AM PDT

Google announced Wednesday that it has added a new feature to its Maps service that turns it into something of an informative guide.

Users can already click on notable landmarks and buildings for directions and addresses, but now many places feature a “quick facts” section with information about the location.

The details vary in each place, but Maps can generally give you the basics.

Click on the Empire State Building in New York City, for example, and a small box will tell you its height (1,250 feet), the number of stories (103), and the date construction began (1929). Go to Le Bernardin, one of Midtown Manhattan’s most well-known restaurants, and “quick facts” tells you when it was started (1972), its total number of Michelin stars (three) and its founders (Gilbert and Maguy le Coze).

For now, the “quick facts” feature is only available on the desktop version of Google Maps, but it’s an addition that makes the service more interactive and more fun to use.

Is 24 Normalizing Real-Life Torture?

Posted: 15 May 2014 10:53 AM PDT

Earlier this week, when Amnesty International announced the launch of its new, straightforwardly titled Stop Torture campaign, the organization’s officials singled out a surprising cause for the global torture crisis: TV shows.

Though the UN Convention Against Torture was first adopted a full 30 years ago, Amnesty International reports observing torture in more than half of the states that have ratified that convention. In addition, the organization’s surveys have found that while a large majority of respondents believe that laws against torture are good, 36% thought torture was justified in some situations.

Part of the problem, Amnesty officials have said, is that torture seems like something that’s necessary and useful in the course of global political and security business — thanks in part to 24, which just launched its rebooted incarnation 24: Live Another Day this month, as well as Homeland. The French news agency Agence France-Presse has reported that Kate Allen, an Amnesty official, said that those shows “have glorified torture to a generation” and have made viewers confuse “a dramatic depiction by screenwriters” with what really goes on in “torture chambers” around the world. The idea is not really that those who commit torture in the real world are doing it because they saw Jack Bauer do it; it’s that the rest of the population, having seen so much of it on shows like 24, aren’t as shocked as they should be to learn that it doesn’t only happen on TV.

But, with 24‘s return so recent, some are questioning whether Amnesty’s condemnation of the show will have any effect on public opinion: Jeune Afrique, a news site for French-speaking Africa, notes that the show is incredibly popular across the continent, which is also home to a majority of the countries that have not ratified the Convention Against Torture, and that its influence even extends beyond its air times (for example, the West African police show Super flics has, according to the site, been influenced by 24‘s structure).

This isn’t the first time 24 has been accused of normalizing torture. In 2005, for example, the New York Times pointed out that the amount of torture on the show had increased, highlighting one particular episode that showed torture as an effective and justified interrogation tactic. In that particular episode, a suspected terrorist was freed by a misguided do-gooder lawyer — and that lawyer was working for a fictionalized version of Amnesty International.

Far Cry 4 Exists, and You Can Play It in November

Posted: 15 May 2014 10:46 AM PDT

Surprise, Far Cry 4 is a thing, still a first-person shooter, and it’ll arrive not two years after the last installment. That’s November 18 in the U.S. and two days later in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

But unlike Ubisoft’s other big late 2014 release, Assassin’s Creed Unity, which’ll ship for PlayStation 4, Windows and Xbox One alone, Far Cry 4 will live on those three platforms as well as the older, better established PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

I wouldn’t read too much into the latter, since Assassin’s Creed IV was also available for all of those systems, and it arguably didn’t harm the significant upturn, visually speaking, with the next-gen versions.

Pack your parkas and thermal undies, because Ubisoft says we’re going to Kyrat in Far Cry 4, a “perilous and wild region” in the Himalayan mountains that’s come under the bootheel of a despot. I assume that’s a rendering of said despot in the promo art above. (Hey, give the guy props for wearing rosette in the jungle. And are those red alligator skin you-know-what-kickers?) Ubisoft says to expect a “vast array of weapons,” and notes that vehicles and animals will once more play a significant role.

As with Far Cry 3, Ubisoft says its flagship Montreal-based studio is the design lead, with assistance from the company’s Red Storm, Toronto, Shanghai and Kiev satellites. (Far Cry 3 included Sweden-based Ubisoft Massive and U.K.-based Ubisoft Reflections, so the newcomers here — replacements? — are Toronto and Kiev.)

The game’s executive producer Dan Hay says to expect the game to “surprise” players, and that it’ll reveal more — it says it’ll offer its first look during its E3 media briefing — “in the coming months.” Preorders are being taken immediately, and include the usual array of bonus upgrades in the form of downloadable content.

Stephen Colbert’s Favorite Restaurants

Posted: 15 May 2014 10:30 AM PDT

Long before he agreed to take over as host of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert was just another Charleston boy—swimming, fishing, and skateboarding down the quiet streets of what he recalls as a "sleepy Southern town." Today, the South Carolina city is still one of his favorite vacation spots. Read on for Colbert's down-home haunts.

Stay: Growing up, Colbert helped his mother run a now-defunct B&B in their house in the South of Broad neighborhood. "Back then, if I booked a guest, I got ten percent. A kid could have a whole weekend of fun on fifteen bucks." Hotels he remembers from boyhood: the Francis Marion Hotel($)—with views of the harbor—and 1853's Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel ($).

Eat: "I want shrimp and hominy when I'm in Charleston, at whatever place doesn't call hominy grits," Colbert declares with the emphatic authority of his Colbert Report persona. He gets that or the catch of the day at Hominy Grill ($$). Another pick? "Husk ($$$) has fantastic fried chicken skin and a watermelon salad that's really delicious. I like that everything there is focused on being from south of the Mason-Dixon Line."

Shop: King Street is the de facto center of retail and antiques stores. "In the past, it had no chains," Colbert says. One of the oldest merchants, George C. Birlant & Co., has carried 18th-century furniture and silver since 1922.

Do: Colbert spent most of his salad days outside. "We'd go swimming off Sullivan's Island. Afterward, we'd walk in to local bars with any kind of fake ID—a piece of paper that just about announced you were 18—and they'd serve you a beer."

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Watch the Boy Whose Cat Saved Him From a Vicious Dog Adorably Reflect On the Incident

Posted: 15 May 2014 10:15 AM PDT

Yesterday we shared a video of a valiant cat effectively saving a little boy’s life by intervening when a dog attacked him in his driveway in Bakersfield, California.

Now, we invite you to enjoy this interview with the boy, Jeremy Triantafilo. Though the four-year-old handles the attention with aplomb, he mostly seems like he just wants to chill out with his cat, who he deems “a hero.


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