6. Douglas, Colorado
> County median household income: $102,964
> State median household income: $60,629
> Poverty rate: 4.0%
> Nov. unemployment: 2.3%
Douglas is the wealthiest county in Colorado and one of only 11 U.S. counties where the typical household earns over $100,000 a year. With such high incomes, serious financial struggles are rare in Douglas. Only 4% of Douglas’s 300,000 residents live in poverty, the second lowest poverty rate of any county nationwide.
Higher paying jobs tend to require higher educational attainment. In Douglas, 56.6% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, one of the highest shares of any U.S. county and a far greater share than the 29.8% of adults nationwide.
7. Fairfield, Connecticut
> County median household income: $84,233
> State median household income: $70,331
> Poverty rate: 9.0%
> Nov. unemployment: 3.6%
Fairfield is the wealthiest county in one of the nation’s wealthiest states. The typical Fairfield household earns $84,233 annually, about $14,000 more than the comparable statewide income, which itself is about $16,000 more than the national median income of 53,889.
The county’s high incomes likely drive up real estate costs in the area. The typical home in Fairfield is worth $416,000, about 54% higher than the typical Connecticut home.
8. New Castle, Delaware
> County median household income: $65,476
> State median household income: $60,509
> Poverty rate: 11.4%
> Nov. unemployment: 3.8%
New Castle is the wealthiest county in Delaware. The typical New Castle household earns $65,476 a year, roughly $5,000 more than the median income across the state. With higher incomes, serious economic hardship is relatively uncommon in New Castle. Only 11.4% of county residents live below the poverty line, a lower rate than the 15.5% national and 12.0% statewide poverty rates.
Delaware is a relatively wealthy state, and even in Sussex, the poorest county in the state, the median household income is in line with the $53,889 a year a typical American household earns.
9. St. Johns, Florida
> County median household income: $66,194
> State median household income: $47,507
> Poverty rate: 9.5%
> Nov. unemployment: 3.8%
St. Johns, the wealthiest county in Florida, is also the only county in the state with a lower than 10% poverty rate. The typical county household earns $66,194 a year, nearly $19,000 more than the typical Florida household. In addition, 9.5% of county residents live in poverty compared to 16.5% of residents statewide.
The higher incomes likely drive up real estate costs in the county. Located along the Atlantic coast just south of Jacksonville, the median area home value is $244,400, far higher than the $159,000 median home value across the state.
10. Forsyth, Georgia
> County median household income: $88,816
> State median household income: $49,620
> Poverty rate: 6.9%
> Nov. unemployment: 4.0%
Income inequality, while prevalent to varying degrees nationwide, is especially pronounced in Georgia. Median household income in Telfair, the poorest county in the state, is only $26,449 a year — one of the lowest of any U.S. county. However, in Forsyth, the state’s wealthiest county, the typical household earns nearly $89,000 a year — one of the highest median incomes of any U.S. county.
Higher paying jobs are often only available to those with college education. In Forsyth, 45.6% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, a far higher share than the 28.8% of adults with similar education across the Peach State.