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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:12 PM
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Out of the 25 Counties with the Highest Median Income, 16 Counties Are Either DC or NY Suburbs
Edited on Mon Jun-20-11 02:18 PM by Yavin4
Which goes to show the grossly imbalanced nature of our economy. The two regions that create most of the wealth in this country are non-manufacturing regions. It's finance, defense spending, and lobbying that creates wealth.



Rank County Median household income

1 City of Falls Church, Virginia $113,313
2 Loudoun County, Virginia $112,021
3 Fairfax County, Virginia $104,259
4 Hunterdon County, New Jersey $102,500
5 Howard County, Maryland $101,003
6 Los Alamos County, New Mexico $100,423
7 Douglas County, Colorado $99,522
8 Morris County, New Jersey $96,316
9 Somerset County, New Jersey $96,233
10 City of Fairfax, Virginia $96,233
11 Arlington County, Virginia $93,806
12 Nassau County, New York $92,450
13 Montgomery County, Maryland $92,213
14 Calvert County, Maryland $90,621
15 Stafford County, Virginia $90,586
16 Prince William County, Virginia $88,850
17 Williamson County, Tennessee $88,358
18 Forsyth County, Georgia $88,040
19 Putnam County, New York $88,036
20 Marin County, California $87,728
21 Charles County, Maryland $86,141
22 Santa Clara County, California $85,569
23 Delaware County, Ohio $85,054
24 Poquoson city, Virginia $84,688
25 Suffolk County, New York $84,530

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highest-income_counties_in...


--On Edit--

Look where Silicon Valley is on that list. It's at 22! The first county where stuff actually gets made.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:20 PM
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1. Welcome to Panem. n/t
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:21 PM
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2. I disagree
They are not creating the wealth... they are sucking up all the wealth they can.

They have mastered the hoarding techniques and are congregating themselves in places nearest where the wealth flows from the teat of the American people.
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:32 PM
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7. As I Said Lower, Given All of the Money Being Made in the DC Metro Area
It's no wonder that our elected officials don't give a damn about the unemployed.
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Jazz Ambassador Donating Member (107 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:22 PM
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3. In other words, knowledge work creates wealth
And DC, NY, and the Bay area are all centers of knowledge work. That seems neither surprising nor outrageous.
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:28 PM
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4. No, It's Not "Knowledge" Work
If it were, where are the other counties from other states like Mass., other counties in CA like Hollywood where movies are made, or North Carolina where they have their version of Silicon Valley.

The preponderance of DC and NY suburban counties show that it's government contracts (read Defense), lobbying, legal, and finance work that is one type of "knowledge work".
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:24 PM
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12. Is government work a bad thing?
The government workers I know in DC are editors, librarians, web designers, grant managers who help fund school programs, scientists, nurses, social science researchers, helicopter mechanics, attorneys, park rangers, etc. Though Defense funding has skyrocketed since 9-11, the majority of federal employees and contractors have nothing to do with DOD.

Besides, beyond the government, the second largest employer in DC is trade associations, from the Society for Pest Management to the American Social Work Association. And though some of their work involves a lobbying arm, my experience with them is that their time and money are focused on member efforts like publications, meetings, and education.
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Jazz Ambassador Donating Member (107 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:40 PM
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15. Exactly, thank you!
It's worth remembering that in DC in particular, 2-income households are the norm. A pair of mid-level federal workers -- say, a GS-9 physical therapist at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and a GS-10 IT worker at the Smithsonian -- would have a household income exceeding the highest average on that list.

The other factor screwing things here regarding DC and NYC is the use of counties. Unlike most cities (Boston and Chicago are both good examples), DC is not in the same county as its suburbs; thus, the average income stat is higher, because suburban income is not being averaged in with the household incomes of the cities.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:46 PM
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16. That's fine.
But the "free market" has absolutely nothing to do with what seems to be the more lucrative sources of personal income.

This is an example of how unsustainable our economy is, and why there's so much pressure to privatize everything.
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:58 PM
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19. It Aint Government Work That's Generating the Income
It's the lobbying, corporate interest groups, fundraising, political consultancies, law firms, etc. that are generating that money.
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Jazz Ambassador Donating Member (107 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 04:09 PM
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23. Ever looked at a civil service pay table?
I'm not dumping on the civil service -- I work for the Feds myself. But, really, it doesn't take a lot for a household to hit $120,000/year if you've got two college-educated wage-earners working for Uncle Sam.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:36 PM
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8. Forsyth County, GA is #18 on the list and it's an Atlanta exurb..
Not that many knowledge type jobs there, very little industry either.

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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:23 PM
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10. Oppotunity to theft permits wealth to be redistributed. Upward, in this case. nt
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smirkymonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:28 PM
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5. I can't believe that more New York & San Francisco surrounding
counties aren't on that list. (New York County, Westchester County, etc - sorry forgot the SF surrounding counties).
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:31 PM
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6. Just Shows You How Much Money Is Being Made in the DC Metro Area
And now you know why they don't give a shit about the unemployed.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 04:09 PM
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24. Cripes. The oil execs' counties didn't even make the list!
It's not the Gov't employees raking it in, though. It's the ba$tards who bribe -- oops, own - them. THEY get the contracts and monopolies. They have the series buckage.

Yeah, I meant series. !!1! The welfare Kings control hugh tons o' money.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 05:59 PM
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26. However, did you notice that the district itself isn't on that list?
Nor is Prince George's County, Maryland. Yes Northwest DC, Montgomery, Fairfax, Loudon, and Arlington are very educated and affluent. But that doesn't mean that the DC metro area is some kind of paradise where you'd forget that unemployment exists if you lived here.
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Rockholm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:31 PM
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14. I would agree.
Suburban Boston counties seem to be missing, but our counties have a big cross-section of income levels.
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:55 PM
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18. It's Not That Suburban Boston Is Poor
Far from it. It's just that DC metro suburbs are disgustingly rich. Also, it's not government spending. Think of the lobbying groups, the industry interest groups like the Chamber of Commerce, law firms, etc.
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JaneQPublic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:52 PM
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9. As a Marylander, I've often told my Midwestern relatives...
...that by leaving Illinois to move here, I was basically following the flow of federal tax dollars and searched for a job where the money landed.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:23 PM
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11. Can you imagine how much more they have stashed offshore? nt
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AlanCranston Donating Member (166 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:28 PM
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13. one thing i've always wondered is what separates Marin, CA
from Forsyth, GA in terms of voting habits. Politically speaking they are about as different as you can get. But the economic background of the two counties aren't. Both are middle to upper middle class areas that are bedroom communities of a large metropolitan area (Marin is near SF and Forsyth is near ATL).
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 03:52 PM
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17. Jesus. nt
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Sancho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 04:00 PM
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20. Here's a map of US wealth...
we have lots of wealthy in Florida too...and the US is rapidly becoming the most unbalanced country in the world.

http://visualizingeconomics.com/2007/08/07/united-state...
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 04:03 PM
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21. Not creating, concentrating
These are wealthy enclaves and are located geographically where that concentration of wealth is most effective for them to facilitate.

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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 04:07 PM
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22. And actually, it's mostly phantom wealth, not anything tangible......

this "wealth" is nothing but financial claims on the work of others.


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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 05:10 PM
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25. Money & Power locations.. Quelle surprise!
:rofl:
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 07:09 PM
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27. Not One Manufacturing County Is On That List
Not even the county where Hollywood is located. That list speaks volumes.
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