Americans are generally satisfied with many aspects of their jobs, but not their paycheck. Only about 41% of U.S. workers are completely content with their pay, according to a recent Gallup poll, compared to 71% who are satisfied with their coworkers and 65% who are satisfied with their job security. However, in some parts of the country, Americans are far more likely to be satisfied with their salary than in others.
Nationwide, the typical American household earns $55,322 a year, but incomes vary across the country and within states. In every state there is at least one county with a higher median income than the U.S. as a whole. Even in poor states, like West Virginia and Mississippi, there are some relatively high-income areas. In wealthier states, like Virginia and Maryland, the median household income in the wealthiest county is more than double the median household income nationwide.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed median household incomes in every U.S. county to identify the wealthiest county in each state. While the counties on this list span all 50 states, most of them share a number of social, economic, and geographic characteristics in addition to high incomes.