Northern Virginia Tops Richest Counties

Loudoun County Tops Forbes List of Richest Counties in America

Anyone who lives in the DC metro area can tell you about the excessive cost of living and the sometimes-intolerable traffic, but there are advantages –  nearly half of the richest counties in America are within an hour from the capital.

Forbes recently published its list of the richest counties in America and Loudoun County tops the list with a median household income of $125,900, according to 2015 Census Bureau.  However, the county’s own economic development team  released data from the U.S. Census Bureau this past September that placed Loudoun No. 1 in household median income for the 10th consecutive year. It checked in at $134,464.

Forbes describes Loudoun as “A commuter county located 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. and the Pentagon, Loudoun County residents have the option of commuting into the city or taking advantage of the impressive job market growth at home. Major employers in the area are Dulles Airport, Verizon and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ensuring that Loudoun isn’t relying on the capital — there are 11,700 businesses in the county that employ more than 161,000 people.”

If that’s not enough, Loudoun residents can also boast about the presence of technology companies and data centers — up to 70% of the world’s Internet traffic  flows through Loudoun’s data centers each day.

Here’s Forbes’ list, with Virginia representatives in bold:

  1. Loudoun County, $125,900
  2. Falls Church, $122,092
  3. Fairfax County, $112,844
  4. Howard County, Md., $110,224
  5. Douglas County, Colo., $109,926
  6. Los Alamos, NM, $107,126
  7. Williamson County, Tenn., $104,367
  8. Arlington County, $104,354
  9. Hunterdon, County, NJ, $102,797
  10. Santa Clara County, Calif., $102,191

What do these statistics mean for those of us who reside in Northern Virginia?  We can enjoy the many wonderful venues, arts, entertainment and sporting events throughout our great region. Additionally, we are in a strong position to help others.  Check out this article written by our Editor Linda Carducci on easy ways to be active in the community this holiday season.

Article by Jan Johnston Osborn

Edited by Jessica Monte