California area tops for weirdos, paychecks

May 18, 2012, Friday/ 17:05:00/ REUTERS

The old joke that California’s Bay Area is just like a bowl of granola because it is full of flakes and nuts may have to be tweaked slightly.

A report released on Thursday found that residents of the major cities ringing the San Francisco Bay are tops when it comes to weirdness -- and paychecks. The metropolitan area that includes San Francisco, Oakland and Fremont has the highest per capita income in the United States, at $61,348, according to the report from the group CEOS for Cities, which analyzed 2010 Census data. The area including the Silicon Valley anchors San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara comes in second at $58,947. CEO for Cities, a network of urban leaders, used a constellation of measures to benchmark the economic and civic performance of major metropolitan areas.

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