What Are Some of the Richest Counties in the United States?


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Some of the richest counties in the United States are Hunterdon County in New Jersey, Fairfax County in Virginia, Howard County in Maryland and Los Alamos County in New Mexico, as of 2015, according to Forbes. Most of the top 10 wealthiest counties in the U.S. are on the east coast, with five of them being in Virginia.

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Fairfax County, Falls Church City, Loudoun County, Arlington County and Stafford County in Virginia are among the richest counties in the country. The wealthiest county in Virginia is Falls Church City, with the average household income being $121,250 as of 2014. Falls Church City used to be a part of Fairfax County until it incorporated in 1948. Residents of Loudoun County earn an average of $118,934 a year, residents of Arlington County earn an average of $99,255 a year, and residents of Stafford County earn an average of $95,927 a year.

In New Jersey, both Hunterdon County and Somerset County top the list for wealthiest counties in the United States, with average household incomes of $103,301 and $95,574 respectively. Both counties are often the home of New York City commuters. In Howard County, Maryland, people earn an average household income of $108,234 a year. Large companies in this country are Johns Hopkins and Verizon Wireless.

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