Ask your neighbors and co-workers a simple question: "What are the wealthiest counties in America?" Here are the answers I got:
- “Is Manhattan a county? That has to be one of the richest.”
- “Which county has Beverly Hills?”
- “San Francisco County has to be up there. Silicon Valley too.”
Wrong on all counts. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report released last week, the county with the highest median income is Loudoun County, Va. Number two is Falls Church City, Va.; followed by Fairfax County, Va. (#4); Howard County, Md. (#6); Arlington County, Va. (#7); and Prince William County, Va. (#10). Anyone else notice a pattern here?