36. Canadian, Oklahoma
> County median household income: $64,505
> State median household income: $46,879
> Poverty rate: 7.3%
> Nov. unemployment: 3.9%
Oklahoma is not an especially wealthy state. The median household income even in its highest earning county falls the below the median income of eight states. Still, the typical household in Canadian County is doing far better financially than Oklahoma as a whole. The typical county household earns $64,505 a year, roughly $18,000 more than the typical Oklahoma household and more than double the median income in the state’s poorest county, Choctaw.
37. Washington, Oregon
> County median household income: $66,754
> State median household income: $51,243
> Poverty rate: 11.8%
> Nov. unemployment: 3.8%
The typical household in Washington County, Oregon earns over $66,000 a year, well above the $51,243 the typical household in the state earns a year. Like many counties on this list, high incomes in Washington are likely due to higher educational attainment and the resulting high-paying jobs. Nearly 41% of adults in the county have at least a bachelor’s degree, about 10 percentage points higher than the comparable statewide share.
Like many counties on this list, Washington is located near a major city. Situated just west of Portland, many county residents likely commute to the state’s largest city for work.
38. Chester, Pennsylvania
> County median household income: $85,976
> State median household income: $53,599
> Poverty rate: 7.1%
> Nov. unemployment: 3.5%
The typical Chester household makes at least $5,000 more annually than the typical household in any other county in Pennsylvania. Like many counties on this list Cheser is in close proximity to a major urban center. Philadelphia County, the poorest in the state and home to the city of the same name, is within commuting distance of Chester.
Many of the high-paying jobs in Chester are held by college graduates. Nearly 50% of all adults in the county have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to approximately 29% of Pennsylvania adults and 30% of American adults with similar education.
39. Washington, Rhode Island
> County median household income: $72,807
> State median household income: $56,852
> Poverty rate: 9.9%
> Nov. unemployment: 4.1%
Washington County’s population reports the highest income level of Rhode Island’s five counties. The typical county household earns $72,807 annually, about $14,000 more than the typical statewide household.
The area contains high-end real estate on the coast of Block Island Sound, along the southern edge of Washington County. The median home value of $311,600 in Washington County is well above the statewide median home value of $238,000.
40. Beaufort, South Carolina
> County median household income: $57,048
> State median household income: $45,483
> Poverty rate: 12.8%
> Nov. unemployment: 3.8%
Beaufort County is located in coastal South Carolina, between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. With a number of private islands, beaches, and waterways, Beaufort County is home to some of the most expensive properties in the state. The typical house in the county is worth $274,700, nearly twice the median home value of $139,900 for South Carolina as a whole. Beaufort residents do not just own the most expensive homes in South Carolina, but also earn the highest incomes. The typical county household earns $57,048 a year, roughly $12,000 more than the typical South Carolina household earns.