So Fairfax County is beat by Loudon County as the the richest county in the US. Today’s Washington Post had this article on the top rich counties – measured by the average median income.
“The three most prosperous large counties in the United States are in the Washington suburbs, according to census figures released yesterday, which show that the region has the second-highest income and the least poverty of any major metropolitan area in the country. Rapidly growing Loudoun County has emerged as the wealthiest jurisdiction in the nation, with its households last year having a median income of more than $98,000. It is followed by Fairfax and Howard counties, with Montgomery County not far behind”
Fairfax [that’s where I am] has always been a coveted spot for smart-education hungry immigrants [read, Indians and Asians] and also to the IT companies whove set up base here to work on Govt funded projects. Tons of Defense contracts and hence lots of work, opportunities to swing jobs, buy houses,sell and buy again, and in the process making a neat profit and also inadvertently pushing the demand and hence inching the prices up. The schools are awesome and the funding along with the Parent contributions make Fairfax a wonderful place to raise a kid. With such an increased influx to the area, there isn’t any more space to expand, and hence Loudon county got popular. The commute increased 20 more minutes, and with the affluent pouring money there it really isnt a surprise that it’s shot up well. Montgomery is to Bio-tech as Fairfax is to IT. It also is on par and has a good school system, and benefits. The surprising listing was Howard county. I never wouldve guessed.
“The suburban prosperity has been brought about by people such as Tony Dawood, 46, of Leesburg, who moved to Loudoun County from Pennsylvania to take a job as a civil engineer. He is paid about $130,000 a year and augments his income with business investments.
“The affluence is overwhelming,” Dawood said. His 17-year-old son has developed an interest in golf, an expensive hobby given the cost of $50 to $100 to play on a public course, and drives a new Mitsubishi Montero. It would be considered a nice car for a teenager, except that one of his friends has a brand-new Hummer and another drives a new Cadillac.
“They pull up in my driveway and my jaw drops,” Dawood said.”
Imagine that, and yes, I can attest for it. These kids are not just rolling dough, but are also extremely smart. The SOL scores and their College admissions prove it.
My boss walks out of cubicle and declares to me and a colleague that over the weekend he bought a 1.5 carat white diamond ring set in platinum for his wife. Costed him $26K, and no, this wasn’t an anniversary gift, nor a birthday gift. He felt he hadn’t bought an expensive one for his wife up until now of his 12 years of married life, and so he went into Mervis with her and picked a rock. He is all of 39 years, runs his own company of 3 years old, and has been in this country for 9 years, drives a BMW, the other car is an Audi, and a family MDX. He is dreaming up a custom home in Fairfax [no, why would I move out and go to Loudon?!]
Oh yea, did I mention he was a desi?
Richness is good. Rubbing it in? I donno…