Loudoun maintains Wealthiest County in U.S. title, other NoVa counties drop slightly

December 13, 2013

Just your run-of-the-mill $2.5 million, 9,000-square foot house in Loudoun County. The household income for this homeowner, a professional football player named Robert Griffin III, was roughly $3.8 million in 2012, which will boost a county’s overall median. (Casey Margenau/ReMax Distinctive)

The annual Census Bureau figures on median household income for 2012 are in, and Loudoun County has maintained its title as the Wealthiest County in America. Even with a $1,000 per household decline in median income, Loudoun is still $6,000 per household ahead of its nearest competitor, Los Alamos County, N.M.

But the State of NoVa’s stranglehold on the top of the rankings ended, at least for a year. Dropping from second in 2011 to fourth in the rankings this year is Fairfax County, even though its median income actually rose in 2012. And dropping from third to sixth is Arlington County, while Prince William moves from seventh to 12th. Virginia separates its cities from its counties for census purposes, apparently unlike any other state in the union, so Alexandria made the Top 30 rankings in 2011, at 26th, but this year has fallen out of the Top 30. Post census guru Carol Morello points out that these numbers are drawn from surveys, and the smaller the county or city, the fewer the number of surveys, increasing the margin of error for places like Alexandria.

Speaking of cities, Falls Church and Fairfax City are included in this year’s census rankings, and Falls Church tops all counties in America with a median household income of $121,250. Fairfax City is 25th with a median income of $86,963. It doesn’t seem fair to compare those cities, with populations of about 13,000 (Falls Church) and 23,000 (Fairfax) to the larger counties, but it’s definitely worth noting. Neither were in the rankings last year.

Below is your 2012 State of NoVa chart. Here are the 2011 rankings. And here are 2010.

Counties U.S. rank Median Household Income Change from 2011 Population
Loudoun 1 $118,934 -1.000 336,698
Fairfax 4 $106,690 +893 1,118,602
Arlington 6 $99,255 -1,480 221,045
Prince William 12 $93,011 -2,135 430,289
Alexandria U $81,160 -1,588 146,294

 

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.
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