Living high off the pork …

According to the Census Bureau’s “American Community Survey” …

The five richest counties in the United States are all suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Loudoun County, VA tops the list … the median household income there is $125,672.

As a benchmark, the median household income in the U.S.  $55,322.


Following close behind Loudoun are:

  • Falls Church, VA ($115,244)
  • Fairfax County, VA ($114,329)
  • Howard County, MD ($113,800)
  • Arlington County, VA ($108,706)

New York, New Jersey and California have a total of 8 counties on the top 20 list.

Here’s the full list …





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One Response to “Living high off the pork …”

  1. Alex Says:

    While household income is a worthy metric, it seems at odds with academic rigor to equate income with wealth.

    Wealth – being rich – is a measurement of net assets, not income. If someone is rich, it is because they have lots of assets. If someone doesn’t have a lot of assets, even if they have a relatively high household income, it seems entirely wrong to label them rich.

    Households with “higher” incomes may well spend much of that income (vs saving/investing) and therefore could be “not rich” at all. Further, disposable income would be a better measure of relative wellbeing across the country, since it is well-known that housing is more expensive in the regions associated with high levels of household income.

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