Skip to comments.America's Richest Counties (D.C. Suburbs Top The List)
Posted on 03/06/2010 10:19:52 AM PST by bamahead
The country's fattest paychecks are brought home to these high-end suburbs.
The country may have started its long haul back to economic recovery -- if recent news that consumer spending increased slightly in January is any indication. But even so, most Americans still aren't ready to brag about their paychecks.
Except, perhaps, in Loudoun County, Va., where median household incomes are higher than anywhere else in the country. This affluent suburb of Washington, D.C., where families take home a median $110,643 annually, tops our list of America's 25 richest counties.
Wealth Radiates From the Capital
Like Loudoun, a number of the country's wealthiest households are tightly concentrated in counties around the nation's capital. Six of the richest counties lie on the outskirts of Washington: Fairfax County, Va., Arlington County, Va., Stafford County, Va., Prince William County, Va., Charles County, Md., and Alexandria City, Va.
Not far from D.C. lies another cluster of wealthy counties. Howard County, Md., a suburb of Baltimore, has a standout school system with standardized test scores that consistently beat out the national average, and median household incomes of $101,710
1. County: Loudoun County, Va.
Median Household Income: $110,643.00
Percent of Residents 25 or Older with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 58
2. County: Fairfax County, Va.
Median Household Income: $106,785.00
Percent of Residents 25 or Older with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 60
3. County: Howard County, Md.
Median Household Income: $101,710.00
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What list is bogus?
Bridgeport certainly is the huge zit of Fairfield Country but,by golly,driving through Greenwich,Darien,New Canaan,Westport,etc,etc.....well,I think you know what I'm saying.
Not everybody that lives in the DC area works for the government. Lots of business people, contractors and service-sector jobs and due to the sheer population of the region, there’s plenty to do if you work hard. The backbone of the internet is in northern Virginia and then there are tons of lawyers and doctors, as well as entertainment establishments.
And probably because Maryland is so business unfriendly through their taxes and everything else. I worked in the region for nearly 20 years and most of my time was spent commuting to Virginia for jobs.
Dulles Toll Rd has tones of software and other tech companies along side it.
Of course real estate was a big helper too for a period of 5 years
Once they build the big apartment dwellings, it's all downhill.
A culture of corruption, cronyism, nepotism, debauchery, buggery and profligate lasciviousness, not to mention insanity, stupidity and dishonesty.
The Democrats’ demonization of “the rich” gets more and more hollow. There is NOTHING as “rich” as the federal government.
Maryland is a boil on the behind of the mid-Atlantic region.
Ya gotta stuff all the illegals somewhere!
The IRS is greed personified!
Grew up in Mont. Co. and owned a business in Olney in the 80’s. Moved to NM shortly there after. Went back in 2006 and it was like the buildings had stayed the same, but all the people had been replaced. It was weird.
Since Maryland passed its "millionaires tax," many of the affluent folks in Montco (including much of the large Jewish community) have moved across the river to Virginia.
That's why it makes me laugh how Cidiots think that NJ is mostly lower middle class guidos (there are more guidos and guidettes on Lawn Guyland than anywhere in Jersey), and Connecticut is "affluent." The truth is both North Jersey and CT have pockets of (very high) wealth, with poorer and blue collar areas as well.
Greenwich has gone downhill in my opinion, not in terms of income, but in terms of the trashy people who have moved in over the past 15 years who may have wealth, but no class.
Sorry, but most of Texas has weak zoning laws where the trash lives in close proximity to the wealthy. Salaries are considerably lower in the lone star state, although the cost of living is as well. It amazes me how CHEAP real estate is in most of suburban Houston and the Metroplex, but your kids have to go to school with the ghetto trash that we in the northeast segregate via zoning laws and school districts.
Not surprised at all that MoCo and Hunterdon remain on the list. Somerset may have small areas that are lower middle class (Manville, Somerville, and parts of Franklin Township), but lacks a larger city such as Hackensack to drag it down a la Bergen County (which would be near the top of the list if you gave the area of the county south of Paramus to either Essex or Hudson Counties).
Yep...thanks for the ping. Three of the top ten in NJ...between MD, VA and NJ, that’s a big part of the list.
I assure you ,however,that I,unlike some,*do* know that there are some pretty "comfortable" towns in Jersey as well...although one of my favorite lines from All In The Family was when Archie,commenting on the fact that Meathead was thinking of moving to Jersey,said "well,*somebody's* gotta live there".
OK...I'll accept that Fairfield County's "glory days" are behind her! ;-)