The United States is among the richest countries in the world but have you ever wondered where some of the wealthiest people in America live? There are surely rich people nationwide, but following are 5 richest counties in America in 2014. Let’s check out now.
1. Loudoun County, Virginia
Median annual household income: $115,574
Established in 1757, Loudoun County is the richest county in the United States with a median household income of $115,574. This affluent suburb of Washington, D.C. has a total area of 521 square miles with 516 square miles of land and 6 square miles of water. Currently, it is home to many vineyards and big companies such as Verizon Business and Telos Corporation. The county has the population of nearly 350,000, making it the third-most populous in Virginia.
2. Falls Church City, Virginia
Median annual household income: $114,409
Incorporated in 1948, Falls Church City is located six miles away from the country’s capital. With a total area of 2.2 square miles, it is the smallest independent city by area in Virginia. The city is also small in population, which is 12,300. In addition to historic sites, Falls Church City has a very strong school system that attracts wealthy families.
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3. Fairfax County, Virginia
Median annual household income: $105,416
Along with Loudoun County and Falls Church City, Fairfax County is another rich county of Virginia. Lying on the outskirts of Washington, it is home to companies like Volkswagen, Capital One, Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae. This D.C. suburb is also home to the headquarters of the CIA, National Counterterrorism Center and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. With 1.1 million residents, it is the most populous county in Virginia. Here, families take home a median $105,416 annually.
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4. Los Alamos County, New Mexico
Median annual household income: $103,643
In Los Alamos County, families take home a median of $103,643 annually. The county’s wealth is largely the result of federal government spending. With a total area of 109 square miles, it is the smallest county in New Mexico. It is home to the renowned National Laboratory, which employees 9,000 people. It is also the biggest employer in the richest county in the Western United States with a $2.2 billion annual budget.
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5. Howard County, Md.
Median annual household income: $103,273
Located between Washington and Baltimore, Howard County is a fast-growing county with median household incomes of $103,273. It also has the lowest unemployment rate in the state. In addition, Howard County has an excellent school system with standardized test scores that consistently beat out the national average. Currently, it is home to big employers such as Verizon Wireless and the Johns Hopkins’ applied Physics Lab.
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