Great government! Four of the five wealthiest counties in the United States are in the D.C. area. (The fifth is in New Jersey.)
Readers, debutantes, we had to know about most expensive houses in America's richest counties.
Assuming you're similarly curious about the lives of the rich and richer, we present you a sampling of the castles, condos, cabins and horse farms listed on Realtor.com:
And a bit more about these privileged places: Arlington County, in Northern Virginia, is the country's richest county, per recent Census Bureau data, with a median household income of $137,216. The second-richest county is also in Northern Virginia -- it's Loudoun County, a place that is home to Redskins quarterback RGIII, and is also reputed to have more horses per capita than anyplace else in Virginia. Loudoun County's median household income is $127,192, according to the Census Bureau.
Third place was taken by Maryland's smallest county, Howard County, between D.C. and Baltimore, which has a household income of $125,162. We're back to Northern Virginia for fourth, with Fairfax County, which has a median household income of $124,831. Fifth place is where we find our first county from outside the Beltway. It's New Jersey's Hunterdon County, about an hour outside Manhattan, with a median household income of $123,454.
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