Nation’s Wealthiest ‘County:’ 7 Miles from D.C.; 32.8% Work for Government; $125,635 Median Income

Terence P. Jeffrey | December 10, 2015 | 1:02pm EST
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The “county” that the Census Bureau reported yesterday had the highest median household income in the nation in 2014 is disproportionately populated by people who work for the government.

The City of Falls Church, Va.--which the Census Bureau treats as a “county” because it is an independent city that is not a part of any county—had a median household income of $125,635 in 2014.

That put it first on the Census Bureau’s list of the 30 counties in the nation with the highest median incomes.

Falls Church City beat out nearby Loudoun County, Va. ($122,641), which ranked Number 2; and bordering Fairfax County, Va., ($110,507), which ranked Number 3.

Unlike Loudoun, which had a population of 363,050 in 2014, according to Census Bureau’s estimate; or Fairfax, which had a population of 1,137,538; Falls Church City had a population of only 13,601.

The center of Falls Church City—at Broad and Washington streets--is only about 7 miles by road from the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, which crosses the Potomac River into Washington, D.C.

In the five-year period from 2010-2014, according to the Census Bureau’s estimate, there were 7,290 Falls Church City residents 16 and older who were employed.

2,389 of these—or 32.8 percent—worked for government.

Nationwide, during the same time period, only 14.6 percent of workers were employed by government.

Thus, workers in the nation’s wealthiest county were more than twice as likely as workers nationwide to be employed by government.

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