Article is about richest counties in America. There are thousands of counties in the US. Some of them are richest while some are poorer. In this list, we present the top 10 counties based on their income. Their rankings is based on Median Household Income. The county of Loudoun is the richest county whereas Falls Church City comes in the second place in terms of highest income.
What is a county in United States of America?
According to National Association of Counties, it is defined as political and geographic subdivision of a state, usually assigned some governmental authority. It is an arm of a US state.
List of Top 10 Richest Counties of United States
Name of the County
Median Household Income
Let us begin the rankings in descending order with a small description of each. In starting is the tenth ranked Prince William. All the income below represent the median household income.
#10) Prince William - One of the Richest Counties in America
Located in the state of Virginia, Prince William is basically an extension of Loudon, Fairfax, and other upscale counties of suburban D.C. It is also one of the highest income generating places. An interesting fact about this is that it was named after a royal person from UK. He was Prince William, Duke of Cumberland. The US Department of Defense, Public Schools and Walmart are some of the top employers for the inhabitants of this place.
State: New Jersey
Founded in May 22, 1688, Somerset is one of the oldest counties in United States of America. It is not to be confused with the one in UK. Located on the eastern coast, it was colonized by the early foreign invaders like British. On this list of richest counties in America, it ranks ninth. Franklin Township is the largest city here. More than 70% of this rich county’s population is white while blacks comprise around 13%.
#8) Douglas County
Named after a politician Stephen Arnold Douglas, this wealthy county was founded on November 1, 1861. According to its official website, it is one of the most friendly counties in America. County schools, Echostar, CH2M Hill and Western Union are some of the firms which are the largest employer in this area of America.
#7) Arlington – One of the wealthiest Counties in United States
Being seventh wealthiest county, Arlington is named after an Earl of Arlington, United Kingdom. Some of the important things in this rich county are Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, and the United States Air Force Memorial. Small population and a good quality of life coupled with low poverty enable this location to find a place in the list of wealthiest counties in America.
Situated between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. is the sixth richest county i.e. Howard. It has been after an American soldier and Maryland politician John Eager Howard. Baltimore, Carroll and Montgomery are some of the places which border this wealthy place. Racially, majority of population is white and around 17.5% are blacks. High Median household income help this place to occupy a spot in top 10 richest counties in the US.
#5) Hunterdon - Another in top 10 Richest Counties in the US
State: New Jersey
Situated in the western area of America is the fifth highest-income county. Hunterdon was founded on March 11, 1714. Some of the important places to see here are Beneduce Vineyards, Hunterdon County Arboretum, Hunterdon County Courthouse and Hunterdon Medical Center. Some of the townships are Alexandria, Bethlehem, Clinton, Delaware, and East Amwell.
One of the most populous counties and also the most populous jurisdiction in the state of Virginia, Fairfax is the fourth richest county in America. Named after Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, it was home to the first US President George Washington. As per the Census Bureau’s data, around 17% of its inhabitants are Asian.
#3) Los Alamos
State: New Mexico
With a very small population, Los Alamos is one of the highest-income counties in USA. Its inhabitants are around 18000 in number. According to American City Business Journal, this rich county in the US is the best place to live in terms of quality of life in America. It qualifies as the third richest county.
#2) Falls Church City- Second Richest US County
An independent city of United States of America, Falls Church is the second richest county. With a small population and employers like Public Schools, Inova Hospital and Kaiser Permanente. It is home to the headquarters of fortune 500 companies like Computer Sciences Corporation, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman.
#1) Loudon – Richest County in America
Situated in the Commonwealth of Virginia, according to US Census Bureau, Loudon ranks first in terms of highest income of households. Of all the American counties, it is a neighbor to the fourth ranked Fairfax. It has been named after an eighteenth century Earl of Loudoun, John Campbell who was a veteran of Seven Years War.
Source of information on this article of Techscio: The information on this page has been put by considering the data provided by United States Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. This data was published by popular financial Forbes Magazine. Check the top 5, top 20, top 50 or top 100 richest counties of America at Forbes. It was published on Forbes in the year 2013.