Confirmed: NoVA Has Wealthiest Suburbs

The rankings in the 2011 American Community Survey released Thursday again places Loudoun and Fairfax as the top two counties in America. Arlington County rose from 5th to 3rd while Prince William County rose from 9th to 7th place. Alexandria rose from 39th to 26th place overall.

Via The Washington Post

The Washington region has emerged from the recession looking even more affluent compared with the rest of the country, boasting seven of the 10 counties with the highest household incomes in the nation, new census numbers show.

With a median household income surpassing $119,000, Loudoun County heads the list. Fairfax County, at nearly $106,000, is second. Both have held the same positions for several years running.

More surprising, Arlington County leapfrogged from the fifth spot to third, with a median household income of almost $101,000, a $6,000 gain in one year. Four in 10 households in the county are single person, leaving Arlington with a relatively small share of residents whose affluence comes from two incomes, compared with Loudoun and Fairfax.

Other counties in the top 10 are Howard, Prince William, Fauquier and Montgomery, which had dropped out of it in 2010. Among states, Maryland has the nation’s highest household income level, and Virginia is ninth.

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