Loudoun County is once again the richest county in the U.S., according to the latest Census Bureau estimates, but not everyone thinks the distinction is a cause for celebration - and some residents think the title masks certain truths.
The county boasts a median household income just shy of $126,000, top in the nation.
Yet Amy Owen, the executive director of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, thinks being the richest county is "a relative accolade."
"Studies have shown for those who live in communities that look like us, people give less. They think, 'I'm not seeing it.' Poverty pockets are not so easy to see in a newly developed county," Owen said.
A recent study conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy revealed Loudoun residents donate less of their income -- under 2 percent -- to local charities compared to neighboring counties and the rest of the U.S.
As soon as the latest "richest" designation hit, local residents took to social media to weigh in on the news .
"Still no full day kindergarten though " tell me again how we can't afford it?" Courtney Soria noted on the Times-Mirror's Facebook page.
The group Loudoun For Full Day Kindergarten joined in the debate.
"There is not full-day kindergarten for 100% of Loudoun Students. Seven schools are without full day and will require at some as many as five years before they see the first classroom," the group noted.
Loudoun County Public Schools anticipates having the capacity to serve approximately 82 percent of its kindergarten students with full day kindergarten during the 2017-2018 school year.
Jennifer Snyder-Allen, a Round Hill resident, commented, "I am far from being rich...it's just expensive to live here, and just because you live here doesn't make you rich...please."
Others sought to keep things in perspective.
"What a bunch of negativity. While I disagree with us being the richest its not a bad place to live or raise kids. Compared to other places I've lived this place is pretty darn good," Steve Radloff gave a counter argument.
Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) agrees the title can be misleading.
"Loudoun County is a fantastic place to live. Certainly we'd rather be the county with the highest median income, but that doesn't mean there aren't people in need, people who are homeless or need food," Randall said. "The salaries of county employees have fallen below the mean, hopefully they can be greatly improved this coming budget year."
Almost 10,000 Loudoun residents commute to D.C., while the vast majority find jobs in the county. Top local employers include Dulles Airport, Loudoun County Public Schools and the Department of Homeland Security. Thousands more are employed within the vast array of technology companies and at data centers.
According to city-data.com, Loudoun's cost of living in 2016 was 134.3, meaning it costs 34.3 percent more to live in Loudoun than the average U.S. community.
Scores of teachers and first responders travel from outside the county to work.
Last year, the Loudoun Education Association, a local chapter of a national teacher's union, surveyed LCPS staff about residency. Out of those who responded, over half -- 52 percent -- said they had a second job or were seeking other work to make ends meet.
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 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for 2015 is the last full year for which data is available.
A former Loudoun resident, Teresa, was very clear about her experience as a local resident. The Times-Mirror asked Teresa about the latest "richest" title while the woman was walking through the Village at Leesburg last week.
"The cost of living here is outrageous, and people are snobs," said Teresa, who didn't want to give her last name. "They won't take care of the roads here and developers are being allowed to build all over the place. West Virginia roads are in better condition than Loudoun's."
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