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Wealthiest counties in the U.S.

  • Wealthiest counties in the U.S.

    Certain city names immediately ring a bell because they are known for their glitzy mansions, fashionable stores, and trendy residents. This same thinking can be applied to counties, as well. Counties exist in order for a state to be divided into local governments for administrative purposes, but these divisions also start adapting characteristics of their own that distinguish them from the rest of the state.

    Stacker decided to take a look at these counties and their characteristics using data from the American Community Survey, specifically ranking counties by their median household income. For each county, we've included the population, percentage of households who make over $150,000 in annual income as well as unemployment and poverty rates.

    Virginia and New Jersey dominate the list, with counties from these states making up most of the top 10. The overall list shows that wealthy counties are located all over the United States, however, with the top 50 counties located across 20 states. Read on to see what counties made the final list.

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  • #50. Rockland County, New York

    Estimated total population: 328,868
    Median household income: $86,134
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 24.7%
    Unemployment rate: 7.0%
    Poverty rate: 14.5%

  • #49. Collin County, Texas

    Estimated total population: 969,603
    Median household income: $86,188
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 22.5%
    Unemployment rate: 4.5%
    Poverty rate: 7.1%

  • #48. Westchester County, New York

    Estimated total population: 980,244
    Median household income: $86,226
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 28.3%
    Unemployment rate: 7.1%
    Poverty rate: 9.8%

  • #47. Oldham County, Kentucky

    Estimated total population: 66,415
    Median household income: $86,324
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 20.0%
    Unemployment rate: 4.1%
    Poverty rate: 6.0%

  • #46. Fairfield County, Connecticut

    Estimated total population: 949,921
    Median household income: $86,670
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 27.9%
    Unemployment rate: 8.2%
    Poverty rate: 8.8%

  • #45. Washington County, Minnesota

    Estimated total population: 256,348
    Median household income: $86,689
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 19.9%
    Unemployment rate: 4.0%
    Poverty rate: 5.1%

  • #44. St. Mary's County, Maryland

    Estimated total population: 112,667
    Median household income: $86,810
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 18.4%
    Unemployment rate: 4.4%
    Poverty rate: 7.8%

  • #43. Carroll County, Maryland

    Estimated total population: 167,781
    Median household income: $87,060
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 20.6%
    Unemployment rate: 4.5%
    Poverty rate: 5.7%

  • #42. Elbert County, Colorado

    Estimated total population: 25,642
    Median household income: $87,288
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 22.0%
    Unemployment rate: 5.6%
    Poverty rate: 5.1%

  • #41. Monmouth County, New Jersey

    Estimated total population: 626,351
    Median household income: $87,297
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 25.7%
    Unemployment rate: 6.8%
    Poverty rate: 7.6%

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