Richest Counties in the U.S.

Brent Finnegan -- December 3rd, 2009

Virgina has some of the richest counties in the U.S. The Huffington Post reports that, “among the fifteen most affluent communities, nearly half were located in Virginia and Maryland and were located in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.”

While not among the top in the country, Rockingham County came out ahead of Harrisonburg. WSVA reports:

The average weekly wage for a person employed in Rockingham County is $660 a week or $34,320 annually according to just released numbers from the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rockingham was followed by Augusta County, Harrisonburg, and Shenandoah County respectively in the results.

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2 Responses to “Richest Counties in the U.S.”

  1. Oh, gag. I get a bit nauseated by all the attention Huffington Post gets, given that its record of reliability is pathetic. Just one hilarious error in the link is its claim that the statue of George Mason at GMU is in #13 Fairfax City rather than #2 Fairfax County. Wrong. The boundary between the city and the county just happens to run just north of the northern boundary of the main campus, putting that campus with its statue in the county rather than the city. Duh.

  2. Jim T says:

    Thanks for referencing the article. I followed the link to the data and took a look…may reference it/Page County in a future post.

    For Barkley, people from outside the state always get our unique situation with independent cities and similarly named counties confused. To exemplify further, my home town, Alexandria, is an independent city – the part I live in is Alexandria City – but also a part of the town is in Fairfax County. In fact, a part of my zip code is in Fairfax County…but for the life of me I don’t know where the boundary is – even after ten years living in the neighborhood.

    So it’s interesting but I’m not surprised Huff Post didn’t dig down to this level of detail.


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