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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They do not create wealth - they steal it. I used to get the WSJ but it is lame anymore. They would have real estate near DC. Suburbs plus in the city. Manhattan was cheap compared to some of these homes and townhouses.
we have to be grateful for the sacrifices those in public service make for us /s
In the mid sixties after my dad retired from the Army, he took a civil service job at Walter Reed. We lived in Silver Spring, MD.
The cost of living and the price of homes were so high even then, that even with Army retirement and a good civil service job, my dad had to relocate back to Texas.
If you look at individual cities, versus counties, these are pikers ;-)
An article with an eye toward balanced reporting would also include the cost of living in that area.
Beltway Bandits make up the populace in Loudon and Fairfax Counties. Some government workers, but Freddie Mac millionaires, lobbyists, consultants to gubmint.
Freddie Mac is prohibited from lobbying, correct? So how come Congress can’t do anything about them?
Oh, Freddie Mac can’t EXPLICITLY pay lobbyists (like the banks). LOL! So, its all under the table of course. Check the restaurants in Fairfax, Arlington, etc to see Freddie people mingling with HUD top brass and tangential lobbyists (e.g., BofA lobbyists lobbying on behalf of Freddie to buy loans).
It really is so corrupt its sickening.
I was a teenager there at the same time. Now, I notice that Montgomery Co. is no longer among the wealthiest as it once was. The influx of illegals and the spread of former DC residents is probably the reason for that.
Yep, big pieces of Montgomery County have really gone downhill. Much of Silver Spring, Wheaton, Glenmont, White Oak areas have gone downhill. Even areas up Route 29 around Briggs Chaney and Burtonsville have gone “ghetto” in some ways.
Yes, I am glad to be gone. I lived south of White Oak off New Hampshire Av. just inside the Beltway. It was nice when we got there in ‘62 but I’ve been gone from the whole area since the mid-80s. You have to get out toward Olney and such to get away from it.
10 or 15 years ago I would have agreed with you about Fairfield County. Bridgeport and the smaller cities have done their best to drag down the median income, though. I’m sure if all of our “guests” were factored into the equation, it would look even worse.
Considering DC is a goobermint town, all these wealthy suburbs are basically one giant transfer payment from the rest of the country!
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Your tax dollars at work!
Because we ***LET*** them???
Yeah, Im in Collin County, Tx right now. Plano, Frisco, Allen...how did we not make this list?
This really should not surprise anyone — between the fed, the state and local governments, wages are more than decent - the fed average is $70k +, and state and local governments in that area pay very well, also.
Not to mention all the high dollar lobbyists and DINKs (Dual Income No Kids) who live in the area.
Also, note that the $100k income figures are the MEDIAN — IOW, 1/2 of the households in the area have income above the median and 1/2 have less.
Also note that there have been no government layoffs, either — though there surely ought to be.
I lived in Northern VA for 9 years. I was reminded of the importance of money at most every turn, particularly when I ventured Inside the Evil Beltway — which was often because as a lobbyist for the National Retail Sales Tax, I had to go there to conduct my business.
It is a corrupt and corrupting environment rife with power, money and temptation. It takes a person with a very strong character to withstand all the “opportunities” that are available.
The list is bogus. They needed a story, thats all ;-)
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! ;-)
What -- PG Canny wasn't enough? And my relative who grew up in Silver Spring now refers to it as "Soweto."
Let me be clear, for any liberals monitoring this site: It is the "illegal" part I strongly object to, as well as the accelerated rate of immigration that is partisan-politically motivated to destabilize the culture of republican-democratic freedom and install one-party, one-world secular liberal fascism in its place. I realize that's a lot of words, so take it slowly and you'll get it.
Nah, they'll just claim that you hate [insert popular, chic, put-upon-group here].