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The New American Dream The Richest Middle Class That Isnt Near NY And DC
The richest middle class ... that isn't near NY and DCBy Tami Luhby @Luhby September 15, 2014: 8:25 AM ET, CNN Money
It's not surprising that middle class Americans living just outside New York City and Washington D.C. are pretty well off.But how did a Denver suburb wind up at the top of the list of counties with the highest median income?
Douglas residents are highly educated, with 54.8% holding a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 36.7% of Coloradans and 28.5% of Americans. Good schools and a low crime rate are also a draw. Of the six largest metro Denver school districts, Douglas' has the highest graduation rate at 89%. And there have only been four homicides since the start of 2010. The county's homeownership rate stands at 81%, compared to 66% for the state and the nation, while the poverty rate is less than a quarter of the state's. All this has helped make Douglas one of the fastest growing counties. Its population jumped 7.2% to 305,000 between 2010 and mid-2013, compared to increases of 4.8% statewide and 2.4% in the U.S. "People want to be there," said Brian Lewandowski, research associate in the University of Colorado's business research division. "They have easy access to the Denver metro region. There's a good supply of jobs, and they are good jobs too."
Here are the 10 counties with the highest median income:
Loudoun, Va. $123,402
Fairfax, Va. $109,504
Howard, Md. $107,778
Hunterdon, N.J. $104,976
Arlington, Va. $102,803
Douglas, Colo. $99,767
Somerset, N.J. $99,528
Stafford, Va. $98,559
Prince William, Va. $96,825
Montgomery, Md. $96,155