The U.S. Census Bureau has a ton of fantastic data visualizations, and one that is completely striking is the Bureau’s look at median income by county.
The national median income is $US51,914. However, there’s a huge range. Some counties are remarkably poor and others are remarkably wealthy.
What was particularly interesting was using this tool to isolate some of the most super-wealthy regions of the United States. Since rising income inequality is such a profound issue, finding the counties that benefitted the most from it is an interesting task.
The result was striking, and goes to explain a long way why the folks in Washington D.C. don’t seem to care about this issue — mostly, because they seem to have no concept of it. In this map, the green-shaded counties are the only counties in America with median household income above $US100,000
Of the six counties in the United States with median income greater than $US100,000, of course four of them are in the D.C. metro area.
- Loudoun County, Va. — $US115,574
- Falls Church City, Va. — $US114,409
- Fairfax County, Va. — $US105,416
- Los Alamos County, NM — $US103,643
- Howard County, MD — $US103,273
- Hunterdon County, NJ — $US100,980
That’s the Beltway Bubble for you in a nutshell.
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