Capital Gains

DC area named wealthiest and most educated in the nation

By Andy Salsman
|  Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM EDT
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Capital Gains

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The nation’s capital has an abundance of capital. Just ask the U.S. Census Bureau. It ranked the Washington area as the wealthiest – and among the most educated – region in the country.

We have Fairfax and Loudoun counties to thank for much of our wealth. They are the only two counties in the U.S. with median household incomes in the six figures between 2005 and 2009.

Falls Church, which is an independent city, also earned that distinction.

Washington-area residents have more than just big bank accounts; they’ve got big brains to match. The majority of residents in five local counties – Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun in Virginia and Montgomery and Howard Maryland – have at least a bachelor’s degree. Just 12 other counties nationwide boast similar numbers.

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