10 Most Popular Cars in America’s Most Affluent Areas

It appears that if someone lives in one of the 10 wealthiest zip codes in the United States, that person would drive one of three cars: a Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), a Mercedes-Benz, or interestingly, a Jeep (FIATY.PK). That’s according to some in-depth research conducted by Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell, who compiled a list of the wealthiest zip codes and determined what the most popular car in each region was.

The article was intended to showcase the permeation of the Tesla Model S in the areas with the highest concentrations of wealth, and while it did so, it also shed some light on some interesting phenomena: Cars from BMW, Porsche, Cadillac, and so on were nowhere to be found. And while the Model S is often critiqued for being a toy for the wealthy, it seems to be performing that task very well, as it is the most-registered car in eight of the 25 most expensive zip codes in the U.S.

Here’s a look at the wealthiest 10 zip codes and the most registered cars in each location. Note: this list is broken down by zip code, so cities with more than one wealthy neighborhood making the cut — New York, for example — are listed more than once.


10. New York, New York — Jeep Wrangler

Zip code 10012 in New York boasts a median home price of $4,212,447, yet despite its urban nature, residents in this locale prefer the Jeep Wrangler as their choice of wheels.