Northern Virginia localities home to wealthiest, most educated residents

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Northern Virginia residents are among the wealthiest and best educated people in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Falls Church and Loudoun and Fairfax counties are the only localities in the U.S. with six-figure median incomes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Falls Church had the highest median income in the country at $113,313. Loudoun County was No. 2 with a median income of $112,021. Fairfax County, which was third, had a median income of $104,259. Four other Northern Virginia localities placed in the 20 wealthiest counties, including Fairfax City at No. 10 ($96,232), Arlington County at No. 11 ($93,806), Stafford County at No. 15 ($90,586) and Prince William County at No. 16 ($88,850).

Falls Church also had the highest percentage of college graduates in the nation. An estimated 69.5 percent of residents have college degrees. Arlington County placed second on the list with 68.8 percent.

Other Virginia localities in the top 20 for educational attainment include Alexandria at No. 5 (59 percent of whom have college degrees), Fairfax County at No. 6 (58.4 percent), Loudoun County at No. 10 (56.5 percent), Albemarle County at No. 16 (52.5 percent), and Fairfax City at No. 18 (50.9 percent).

The Census Bureau released its 5-year American Community Survey estimates for every localitiy in the U.S. for the first time. The survey included social, economic, housing and demographic statistics for every community in the U.S.

The data are based on an annual survey sent to 3 million homes between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2009. The Census plans to release 5-year estimates each year.

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