The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046.
Rank County Median household income 1 City of Falls Church, Virginia $113,313 2 Loudoun County, Virginia $112,021 3 Fairfax County, Virginia $104,259 4 Hunterdon County, New Jersey $102,500 5 Howard County, Maryland $101,003 6 Los Alamos County, New Mexico $100,423 7 Douglas County, Colorado $99,522 8 Morris County, New Jersey $96,316 9 Somerset County, New Jersey $96,233 10 City of Fairfax, Virginia $96,233 11 Arlington County, Virginia $93,806 12 Nassau County, New York $92,450 13 Montgomery County, Maryland $92,213 14 Calvert County, Maryland $90,621 15 Stafford County, Virginia $90,586 16 Prince William County, Virginia $88,850 17 Williamson County, Tennessee $88,358 18 Forsyth County, Georgia $88,040 19 Putnam County, New York $88,036 20 Marin County, California $87,728 21 Charles County, Maryland $86,141
DC area counties were 11 of the top 21, 5 of the top 10, 10 of the top 16.
Washington also had the most lawyers per capita in the U.S. compared with the 50 states, with one for every 12 city residents, according to figures from the American Bar Association and the Census Bureau. In New York State the figure was one out of every 123 residents, while in California the ratio was one in 243.
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