The Census Bureau listed the city of Falls Church, where the median income is $121,000, as the richest location, but that’s just because of a quirk in how the census ranks independent cities in Virginia alongside much larger counties instead of with cities or towns. Montgomery County and Prince William County fell just below the 10 wealthiest counties. Also in the top 30 were Charles, Calvert, Anne Arundel and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland, and the city of Fairfax in Virginia.
The Washington area has reigned at the top of the most affluent counties for years, in large part because it has so many residents with college degrees working at professional jobs. That gives the region a disproportionately large share of two-income households in which both adults have well-paying jobs.
Here’s the Census Bureau list of the counties with the highest median incomes (including tiny Falls Church):
- Falls Church city, Va. $121,250
- Loudoun County, Va. $118,934
- Los Alamos County, N.M. $112,115
- Howard County, Md. $108,234
- Fairfax County, Va., $106,690
- Hunterdon County, N.J. $103,301
- Arlington County, Va. $99,255
- Douglas County, Colo. $98,426
- Stafford County, Va. $95,927
- Somerset County, N.J. $95,574
- Morris County, N.J. $95,236
- Montgomery County, Md. $94,365
- Prince William County, Va. $93,011