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Loudoun again crowned the richest county in America

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Loudoun County is once again the richest county in the U.S., according the latest Census Bureau estimates.

The county boasts a median household income just shy of $126,000, the tops in the nation.

Almost 10,000 Loudoun residents commute to D.C., while the vast majority find well-paid jobs in the county. Top local employers include Dulles Airport, Loudoun County Public Schools and the Department of Homeland Security.

Others are employed within the vast array of technology companies and at data centers.

While Loudoun takes the top spot, according to the 2015 Census Bureau estimates, half of the richest counties in America are within an hour of the District of Columbia.

In second place is the nearby City of Falls Church. Technically an independent city, Falls Church is considered by the Census Bureau to be equivalent to a county. More than 78 percent of Falls Church adult residents have a bachelor's degree or higher. Over 31 percent of residents there are employed by the government.

Other D.C. suburbs with high earnings include Fairfax and Arlington counties and Howard County in Maryland.

The wealth is not confined to older generations. In six of the 10 counties, the median age is between 37 and 39. The national median age is 37.8. The oldest county on the list is Hunterdon County, N.J., with a median age of 45, while the youngest is Arlington County, with a median of 33.9.

The poverty rates in most of the counties making the list are also low. In both Falls Church and Colorado's Douglas County, the poverty rate is 4 percent, compared to the national rate of 13.5 percent, with most counties on the list falling between 4 percent and 6 percent. Only Arlington County and Santa Clara County, California, had higher poverty rates, at 9 percent and 9.5 percent, respectively.

The Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for 2015 is the last full year for which data is available.

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This will help push the school budget up another $100 million next school budget round because all the chiefs at school admin building, teachers and school board members will point out that Loudoun is the richest so raising taxes is only fair….


I’m not surprised Loudoun got this again… just drive down old ox and Belmont ridge… homes everywhere… blows my mind


Once again, you people will complain about anything.  If you can’t stand it here then move, leave, just stop the constant complaining.  Like someone else mentioned, I’ve heard that Cleveland, Buffalo, Detroit are all cheap, you can move there, I’m sure they would love some growth.


Now we’re both the richest AND the deadliest for depressed teens? What does that say about us?

In 2013 in Loudoun County the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported a rate of youth suicides at 9.2 per 100,000. Then, in 2016, it was “up over 500 percent over previous year averages” according to LCPS School Board member Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin). On the National mental health services administration, Virginia is noted as one of the states with the highest suicide rates in the county, and is that Loudoun County highlighted in red on the cover of their July 2016 report?

Yet our school system doesn’t have a protocol for supporting kids diagnosed with depression and anxiety while they are on school premises? Nor a plan for integrating them back into school?

WHY? The US Department of Health and Human Services has plenty of research for districts to apply in their high schools (google it and see if it doesn’t seem logical and practical), but Loudoun does not seem to have adopted *any of the actions that are advised while children are on school premises. We are a suicide cluster - how many kids have to die until the school system adopts some existing practices?

What are all our tax dollars going to and what DOES our county leadership care about if not our children? I’m ashamed for every vote I cast in the past and will never vote for any of these leaders again unless one of them takes a stand on this.


Hey Fred I make less than 40k a year but I live in Loudoun am I riff raff?


Maybe the per capita income is high, but the quality of life is zero. I was in Panera the other day and was hit with sadness. I looked around and felt like I was in “anytown America.” All the kids looked the same, staring at their silly phones, the moms were all dressed like they were going to the opera. When I came here in the 80s this place was special. We did not need to trip over a mall everywhere, we did just fine without every chain store known to man. Then the quality of life was high, now it makes Loudoun look just like the rest of America. Thank your moron BOS leaders over the years who gave the county away to the out of state developers who have made LoCo look like New Jersey.


It’s the same story you hear in San Francisco and New York. Sorry to break the news, but not everybody can live where they want, but must live where they can afford. I would like to live in a condo overlooking Central Park, but don’t have several million dollars in my bank account.

Just as in Loudoun, if you don’t have about $100,000 to put down 20% on a house or $1500/mo+ for rent, start looking beyond the county line. Sorry the world can’t be a perfect Utopia for everybody, deal with it.


Way to go Debbie! We will all need a helping hand from the “riff-raff” one day. :)


The article is about money.  If it were “quality of life” we’d be way, way down any list.


Not only are we paying higher prices but there are a boat load of unemployed Carpenters and small construction companies paying taxes and are not able to secure work in the county or town.  HIRE LOCALS ONLY should be the rule.


Let’s keep “riff-raff” out like school teachers, fire and emergency medical workers, police, social workers, etc..  This county should be only for the “rich.”


Carmelle, nobody is “being made” to pay for anything—and nobody is taking advantage of people (unless that person allows themselves to be taken advantage of).

Is Loudoun expensive?  Sure.  But there are trade-offs to everything.  This isn’t North Korea—for the most part, Americans enjoy freedom of movement, freedom of choice, freedom of employment.

Detroit & Cleveland are pretty darn cheap, so why aren’t people moving there?


Too many government “contractors” all getting rich on taxpayer dollars. This bubble will burst one day. Go to usdebtclock dot org for more.


The best thing about being the richest county in America, is the riff-raff can’t afford to live in Loudoun. That means less crime, better schools, and higher property values.

Lets make sure we don’t allow high density housing, which would all more poor people in and bring down our median household income numbers.


Once again, this newspaper takes a simple statistic and turns it into something it is not.  Webster’s defines rich as “having abundant possessions and especially material wealth”.  How exactly does this publication manage to take a measure of household median income and turn that into “Loudoun is once again the richest county in the U.S.”?  Worse, they make a loose attribution of that designation to the folks at the Census Bureau.  I’m pretty sure the census workers are reporting facts, not making value judgments.

Further, I’d love to see how having a relatively high household income translates into having “abundant possessions” when the cost of most necessities in this area is also significantly higher than the national median (or even average!)

Inevitably, ridiculous pronouncements like this turn into calls for more services from some residents.  “Why can’t we have full day kindergarten?”, for instance. Services are paid for with tax revenue, and tax revenue comes from many places, but resident’s household income is not a direct source of revenue.  (There is no “county tax” on income.)  So revenue for services comes from real estate taxes, business taxes, personal property taxes.  That we have the services we do is largely a result of a relatively high real estate tax rate because our commercial tax base is nothing like that of some of our neighbors (Fairfax, for instance).  This situation puts more burden on residents, thereby cutting into the purchasing power of those high incomes, reducing the chances that Loudoun’s residents will actually become “rich”.

Please, LTM, learn what words mean and use them accurately in your “news” reporting.


Precisely why we’re leaving.  Retiring and can’t afford to stay.  Good luck to everyone.


whoopee…not. It’s like when people applaud a rise in property values.  Where’s the benefit? If you’re not going to sell your house, all a higher valuation results in is higher taxes.

So it’s a rich county as defined by the median.  There are still many lower and lower-middle income and fixed income folks who receive little benefit and in many cases, have higher costs resulting from the “richest county” distinction.  The disparity in income between the haves and have- nots continues to increase.  How can we be proud of that?


The sad thing is the residents of Loudoun County are being made to pay higher prices for gas, child care, rent, housing, etc. just to live here and because the incomes are high, thus taking advantage of people. So it’s all relevant.

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