Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Moving On Up

Prince William County is moving on up in the world: County in top 20 highest median income Potomac News Wednesday, November 30, 2005 Although big money is not exclusively an East Coast thing, census data released Tuesday shows that the highest wage earners come predominately from states that line the coast. With a median income of $72,897, Prince William County came in at the bottom of the Top 20 list for U.S. counties with the highest median incomes for 2003, according to the data. Four other Virginia counties and cities helped fill the Top 20 list compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau. Loudon County ranked third with a median income of $89,890. Fairfax County followed closely behind in fifth place with $82,481. Falls Church placed at No. 9 and Stafford County at No. 13 with $75,456. Suburban areas made up the majority of the wealthiest counties, and likewise the poorest ones were almost entirely rural areas, according to the Associated Press. Among the states with the highest median incomes, Virginia ranked eighth with $50,028, a little over a $6,000 difference from Connecticut, which was ranked first. Connecticut, with a median household income of $56,409, supplanted New Jersey as the country’s highest wage state in 2003, the most recent year available. New Jersey slid to second, at $56,356, followed by Maryland, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mississippi had the lowest median income, at $32,397. West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Montana rounded out the bottom five. Census figures show that Southern and Western states have been growing in population much faster than those in the Northeast and Midwest. But despite those population shifts, the list of wealthiest - and poorest - states in 2003 looks a lot like the list from a decade before. “You’re going to see those areas - Mississippi, Appalachia - those are just characteristically, throughout history, poorer areas,” said David Waddington, chief of the Census Bureau’s small area estimates branch. The wage gap among counties, however, was more “pronounced” than the one for states, according to the Associated Press. This was said to be largely due to lack of economic development in rural areas, particularly in the South. The median household income for the nation was $43,3


At 11/30/2005 10:18:00 PM, Anonymous NOVA Scout said...

There's a lot going on in these data. We see relative movement of different jurisdictions (Loudon and PW, particularly)within the State and the region. But one also has to consider that the underlying population numbers are massive. Conservative must pay attention to these dynamics, both on the personal income side and on the voting population side.

At 12/01/2005 11:01:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

Wow! I gotta give both TC and Nova Scout credit: good news from Prince William that they DON'T allege to have sprung fully blown from the big toe of you-know-who.

A Christmas miracle!

At 12/01/2005 12:22:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

I just want to know how Stafford landed ahead of PWC.

At 12/01/2005 02:00:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Four words, Jim: Woodbridge and Dale City.

At 12/01/2005 04:02:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

I knew we could count on you, James.


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