Middle Class/Widening Wealth Gap

2010 Census: New Data Reveal Richest Counties In America

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It seems this year the rich got even richer.
Though census results are only beginning to be released, last week the results of the American Community Survey were unveiled. The ACS details data such as languages spoken in a home and income levels. The data comes from surveys mailed to three million addresses from January 2005 to December 2009, according to ABC News.
Northeast Virginia led the nation in income as it was home to four of the top 10 earning cities. Local officials attribute the high ranking to excellent education levels and easy access to the DC Metro area, according to ABC. The richest county in the country saw a median income increase of almost $17,000 since 2000.
On the other end of the spectrum, Southeastern Kentucky was home to four of the nation's poorest counties. The nation's poorest county saw its median income drop $1,500 since 2000, ABC News reported.
To find out more about your neighborhood, visit the census bureau's website.

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