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  • Wealthiest counties in the U.S.
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    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
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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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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%

  • #40. Sussex County, New Jersey
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    #40. Sussex County, New Jersey

    Estimated total population: 141,682
    Median household income: $87,388
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 20.7%
    Unemployment rate: 7.2%
    Poverty rate: 5.8%

  • #39. Juneau City and Borough, Alaska
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    #39. Juneau City and Borough, Alaska

    Estimated total population: 32,094
    Median household income: $87,436
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 16.9%
    Unemployment rate: 4.9%
    Poverty rate: 7.4%

  • #38. San Francisco County, California
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    #38. San Francisco County, California

    Estimated total population: 884,363
    Median household income: $87,701
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 28.8%
    Unemployment rate: 6.2%
    Poverty rate: 12.5%

  • #37. Hamilton County, Indiana
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    #37. Hamilton County, Indiana

    Estimated total population: 323,747
    Median household income: $87,782
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 22.3%
    Unemployment rate: 3.5%
    Poverty rate: 5.1%

  • #36. Bergen County, New Jersey
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    #36. Bergen County, New Jersey

    Estimated total population: 948,406
    Median household income: $88,487
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 26.5%
    Unemployment rate: 5.8%
    Poverty rate: 7.5%

  • #35. Carver County, Minnesota
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    #35. Carver County, Minnesota

    Estimated total population: 102,119
    Median household income: $88,638
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 23.3%
    Unemployment rate: 3.0%
    Poverty rate: 4.1%

  • #34. Chester County, Pennsylvania
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    #34. Chester County, Pennsylvania

    Estimated total population: 519,293
    Median household income: $88,995
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 25.3%
    Unemployment rate: 5.3%
    Poverty rate: 7.2%

  • #33. Middlesex County, Massachusetts
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    #33. Middlesex County, Massachusetts

    Estimated total population: 1,602,947
    Median household income: $89,019
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 25.7%
    Unemployment rate: 5.4%
    Poverty rate: 8.2%

  • #32. Rockwall County, Texas
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    #32. Rockwall County, Texas

    Estimated total population: 96,788
    Median household income: $89,161
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 21.6%
    Unemployment rate: 5.4%
    Poverty rate: 6.2%

  • #31. Nantucket County, Massachusetts
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    #31. Nantucket County, Massachusetts

    Estimated total population: 11,229
    Median household income: $89,428
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 21.6%
    Unemployment rate: 3.4%
    Poverty rate: 10.3%

  • #30. Williams County, North Dakota
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    #30. Williams County, North Dakota

    Estimated total population: 33,349
    Median household income: $90,080
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 22.5%
    Unemployment rate: 2.0%
    Poverty rate: 9.8%

  • #29. Suffolk County, New York
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    #29. Suffolk County, New York

    Estimated total population: 1,492,953
    Median household income: $90,128
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 24.6%
    Unemployment rate: 6.1%
    Poverty rate: 7.3%

  • #28. Scott County, Minnesota
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    #28. Scott County, Minnesota

    Estimated total population: 145,827
    Median household income: $90,198
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 21.5%
    Unemployment rate: 4.0%
    Poverty rate: 5.7%

  • #27. Norfolk County, Massachusetts
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    #27. Norfolk County, Massachusetts

    Estimated total population: 700,322
    Median household income: $90,226
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 26.1%
    Unemployment rate: 6.3%
    Poverty rate: 6.7%

  • #26. Fort Bend County, Texas
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    #26. Fort Bend County, Texas

    Estimated total population: 764,828
    Median household income: $91,152
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 25.1%
    Unemployment rate: 5.4%
    Poverty rate: 8.2%

  • #25. Fauquier County, Virginia
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    #25. Fauquier County, Virginia

    Estimated total population: 69,465
    Median household income: $91,221
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 23.9%
    Unemployment rate: 4.0%
    Poverty rate: 6.0%

  • #24. Charles County, Maryland
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    #24. Charles County, Maryland

    Estimated total population: 159,700
    Median household income: $91,373
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 22.3%
    Unemployment rate: 5.0%
    Poverty rate: 7.7%

  • #23. Summit County, Utah
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    #23. Summit County, Utah

    Estimated total population: 41,106
    Median household income: $91,470
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 27.6%
    Unemployment rate: 3.2%
    Poverty rate: 7.9%

  • #22. Forsyth County, Georgia
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    #22. Forsyth County, Georgia

    Estimated total population: 227,967
    Median household income: $91,842
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 24.6%
    Unemployment rate: 4.8%
    Poverty rate: 6.4%

  • #21. Anne Arundel County, Maryland
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    #21. Anne Arundel County, Maryland

    Estimated total population: 573,235
    Median household income: $91,918
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 23.7%
    Unemployment rate: 5.5%
    Poverty rate: 6.1%

  • #20. Delaware County, Ohio
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    #20. Delaware County, Ohio

    Estimated total population: 200,464
    Median household income: $94,234
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 25.4%
    Unemployment rate: 2.7%
    Poverty rate: 4.9%

  • #19. Calvert County, Maryland
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    #19. Calvert County, Maryland

    Estimated total population: 91,502
    Median household income: $96,808
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 23.7%
    Unemployment rate: 7.8%
    Poverty rate: 6.0%

  • #18. Stafford County, Virginia
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    #18. Stafford County, Virginia

    Estimated total population: 146,649
    Median household income: $97,528
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 26.9%
    Unemployment rate: 4.9%
    Poverty rate: 5.1%

  • #17. Putnam County, New York
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    #17. Putnam County, New York

    Estimated total population: 99,323
    Median household income: $97,606
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 26.9%
    Unemployment rate: 6.2%
    Poverty rate: 5.2%

  • #16. Prince William County, Virginia
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    #16. Prince William County, Virginia

    Estimated total population: 463,023
    Median household income: $98,546
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 26.5%
    Unemployment rate: 5.4%
    Poverty rate: 7.0%

  • #15. San Mateo County, California
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    #15. San Mateo County, California

    Estimated total population: 771,410
    Median household income: $98,546
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 31.0%
    Unemployment rate: 5.6%
    Poverty rate: 7.7%

  • #14. Williamson County, Tennessee
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    #14. Williamson County, Tennessee

    Estimated total population: 226,257
    Median household income: $100,140
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 28.6%
    Unemployment rate: 3.7%
    Poverty rate: 5.2%

  • #13. Marin County, California
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    #13. Marin County, California

    Estimated total population: 260,955
    Median household income: $100,310
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 33.2%
    Unemployment rate: 5.1%
    Poverty rate: 8.1%

  • #12. Montgomery County, Maryland
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    #12. Montgomery County, Maryland

    Estimated total population: 1,058,810
    Median household income: $100,352
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 30.8%
    Unemployment rate: 5.8%
    Poverty rate: 6.9%

  • #11. Santa Clara County, California
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    #11. Santa Clara County, California

    Estimated total population: 1,938,153
    Median household income: $101,173
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 32.0%
    Unemployment rate: 6.6%
    Poverty rate: 9.3%

  • #10. Nassau County, New York
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    #10. Nassau County, New York

    Estimated total population: 1,369,514
    Median household income: $102,044
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 30.8%
    Unemployment rate: 5.8%
    Poverty rate: 6.0%

  • #9. Somerset County, New Jersey
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    #9. Somerset County, New Jersey

    Estimated total population: 335,432
    Median household income: $102,405
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 31.7%
    Unemployment rate: 5.4%
    Poverty rate: 5.2%

  • #8. Morris County, New Jersey
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    #8. Morris County, New Jersey

    Estimated total population: 499,693
    Median household income: $102,798
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 31.6%
    Unemployment rate: 5.6%
    Poverty rate: 4.6%

  • #7. Douglas County, Colorado
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    #7. Douglas County, Colorado

    Estimated total population: 335,299
    Median household income: $105,759
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 29.0%
    Unemployment rate: 3.6%
    Poverty rate: 3.8%

  • #6. Los Alamos County, New Mexico
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    #6. Los Alamos County, New Mexico

    Estimated total population: 18,738
    Median household income: $105,902
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 29.2%
    Unemployment rate: 2.6%
    Poverty rate: 5.1%

  • #5. Hunterdon County, New Jersey
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    #5. Hunterdon County, New Jersey

    Estimated total population: 125,059
    Median household income: $108,177
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 34.4%
    Unemployment rate: 5.3%
    Poverty rate: 4.5%

  • #4. Arlington County, Virginia
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    #4. Arlington County, Virginia

    Estimated total population: 234,965
    Median household income: $108,706
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 34.2%
    Unemployment rate: 3.4%
    Poverty rate: 8.7%

  • #3. Howard County, Maryland
    49/ Andre Engels // Wikicommons

    #3. Howard County, Maryland

    Estimated total population: 321,113
    Median household income: $113,800
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 34.2%
    Unemployment rate: 4.6%
    Poverty rate: 4.9%

  • #2. Fairfax County, Virginia
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    #2. Fairfax County, Virginia

    Estimated total population: 1,148,433
    Median household income: $114,329
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 35.8%
    Unemployment rate: 4.7%
    Poverty rate: 6.0%

  • #1. Loudoun County, Virginia
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    #1. Loudoun County, Virginia

    Estimated total population: 398,080
    Median household income: $125,672
    Percent of households making over $150,000: 39.4%
    Unemployment rate: 3.9%
    Poverty rate: 4.0%

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