With a median household income of more than $105,000, Fairfax County is one of the wealthiest in the United States, according to a new report from Forbes.
That places Fairfax County among America’s 10 richest counties in the United States. The list is from Census median household income numbers compiled by the U. S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates from 2011, the most recent year for which is available.
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The wealthiest county in the United States is Virginia's own Loudoun County, with a median income of close to $120,000. Other Virginia counties (or cities) on the list: Falls Church City, Arlington County and Prince William County.
Of course, the high cost of living in the DC metro area eats into that income for a lot of families.
In 2012, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova said residents of Fairfax County who make minimum wage could work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and still would not be able to afford a one-bedroom apartment due to high housing prices.
The cost of living index in the Washington metropolitan area was 139.2, or almost 40 percent higher than the average metropolitan area in the United States, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority reported in 2011. The index for housing costs was 222.7—that's more than twice the average for major metropolitan areas in the United States.
The following is the latest data from Forbes, published online last month:Rank County Media Household Income 1 Loudoun County, VA
$119,5252 Falls Church City, VA
$117,4813 Los Alamos County, NM
$110,2044 Fairfax County, VA $105,409 5 Hunterdon County, NJ
$99,2166 Howard County, MD
$99,0407 Arlington County, VA $98,060 8 Douglas County, CO $95,973 9 Somerset County, NJ
$95,915 10 Prince William County, VA $93,101
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