The list of richest county in America is developed based-on annual household income data acquired from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey. In similar term, individual wealth measured by the total asset owned, resulting the richest person on earth as published by Forbes.
At the higher level, the wealth of a nation is showed by the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita at nominal values. A national economic performance and the number of population will determine how a country’s wealth.
Looking at the annual household income at county level, it shows some interesting facts. First, most of the US richest counties are in the east; In west there’s Los Alamos, N.M –a county with nuclear weapon history. Second, four of the top ten richest counties in America are located around in the Virginia suburbs of Washington.
Here the top 5 richest county in America 2011:
- Falls Church County, Va. (Median annual household income/MAHI: $113,313)
- Loudoun County, Va. (MAHI: $112,021)
- Fairfax County, Va. (MAHI $104,259)
- Hunterdon County, N.J. (MAHI: $102,500)
- Howard County, Md. (MAHI: $101,003)
In 2009, there was a similar list on the richest county. The list was made using data on average per capita income. This is the top 5 richest county in US:
- Teton County, Wyo., $132,728
- New York $120,790
- Loving County, Texas, $99,593
- Pitkin County, Colo., $93,465
- Marin County, Calif., $91,483