Special Report

The Richest County in Every State

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1. Alabama: Shelby County
> Median household income: $75,761 (state: $48,486)
> Poverty rate: 8.4% (state: 17.5%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 1.8% (state: 2.8%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 42.1% (state: 24.9%)
> Largest place in county: Hoover

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2. Alaska: Juneau City and Borough
> Median household income: $88,213 (state: $76,715)
> Poverty rate: 7.9% (state: 10.8%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 4.2% (state: 6.2%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 39.5% (state: 29.2%)
> Largest place in county: Juneau

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3. Arizona: Maricopa County
> Median household income: $61,606 (state: $56,213)
> Poverty rate: 14.7% (state: 16.1%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 3.7% (state: 4.8%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 32.0% (state: 28.9%)
> Largest place in county: Phoenix

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4. Arkansas: Benton County
> Median household income: $64,141 (state: $45,726)
> Poverty rate: 9.9% (state: 17.6%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 2.3% (state: 3.5%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 32.4% (state: 22.6%)
> Largest place in county: Rogers

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5. California: Santa Clara County
> Median household income: $116,178 (state: $71,228)
> Poverty rate: 7.9% (state: 14.3%)
> Oct. 2019 unemployment: 2.2% (state: 3.9%)
> Adults with a bachelor’s degree: 51.3% (state: 33.3%)
> Largest place in county: San Jose

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