Fort Bend County, outside of Houston area, is the richest Texas county

Fort Bend County was ranked the richest county in Texas in a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the most affluent regions in all 50 states.

Fort Bend recorded a median household income of $93,645 annually, based on 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data. That compares to a statewide median household income of $57,051 per year, according to the analysis.

Fort Bend’s poverty rate was pegged at 8.1 percent, and its October 2018 jobless rate stood at 3.6 percent.

Each state’s richest jurisdiction has a median annual household income that outpaces the national average of $57,652, according to Wall St. 24/7. And in 43 states, the richest counties were located in metropolitan areas with high concentrations of well-paying jobs, the analysis concluded.

The percentage of those with bachelor’s degrees in the richest counties was higher than that of the state as a whole in 46 states, according to the study. The four exceptions involved the wealthiest counties in North Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada and Montana – all resource-rich regions.



Wealthiest Counties by State

State County With Highest GDP Growth % Growth County GDP Amount Fastest Growing Industry
Alabama Lee 28.1% $6 billion Arts, entertainment and recreation
Alaska Aleutians East Borough 48.0% $164.3 million Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Arizona Yavapai 12.7% $5.4 billion Professional, scientific and management
Arkansas Van Buren 100.6% $768.3 million Construction
California Santa Clara 30.4% $254.9 billion Information
Colorado Dolores 80.0% $65.8 million Arts, entertainment and recreation
Connecticut Hartford 0.2% $74.9 billion Professional, scientific and management
Delaware Sussex 43.8% $13.9 billion Educational services and health care and social assistance
Florida Walton 53.0% $2.5 billion Professional, scientific and management
Georgia Telfair 54.1% $351.4 million Transportation and warehousing and utilities
Hawaii Kauai 9.9% $3.7 billion Arts, entertainment and recreation
Idaho Payette 31.0% $788 million Educational services and health care and social assistance
Illinois Hamilton 47.5% $220.6 million Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Indiana Lawrence 36.6% $1.3 billion Retail trade
Iowa Lyon 46.7% $926 million Educational services and health care and social assistance
Kansas Meade 28.2% $236.4 million Construction
Kentucky Livingston 51.9% $385.5 million Retail trade
Louisiana Cameron Parish 110.6% $1 billion Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Maine Piscataquis 9.7% $426.7 million Educational services and health care and social assistance
Maryland Washington 26.8% $7.3 billion Transportation and warehousing and utilities
Massachusetts Nantucket 35.9% $1.1 billion Educational services and health care and social assistance
Michigan Mackinac 87.7% $629 million Arts, entertainment and recreation
Minnesota Carver 18.5% $4.8 billion Arts, entertainment and recreation
Mississippi Kemper 47.8% $421 million Manufacturing
Missouri Putnam 52.7% $273.6 million Professional, scientific and management
Montana Golden Valley 82.0% $41.5 million Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Nebraska McPherson 48.8% $22.3 million Arts, entertainment and recreation
Nevada Clark 12.7% $97.2 billion Arts, entertainment and recreation
New Hampshire Rockingham 8.8% $18.4 billion Educational services and health care and social assistance
New Jersey Somerset 29.6% $37.4 billion Professional, scientific and management
New Mexico Eddy 52.7% $6.7 billion Retail trade
New York Steuben 24.0% $4.4 billion Professional, scientific and management
North Carolina Alleghany 92.1% $411.5 million Retail trade
North Dakota McKenzie 47.7% $2 billion Transportation and warehousing and utilities
Ohio Harrison 129.5% $732.2 million Manufacturing
Oklahoma Washington 106.3% $5.5 billion Educational services and health care and social assistance
Oregon Wheeler 67.7% $38.8 million Educational services and health care and social assistance
Pennsylvania Warren 42.3% $2 billion Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Rhode Island Washington 12.2% $5.7 billion Arts, entertainment and recreation
South Carolina Laurens 142.8% $3.4 billion Arts, entertainment and recreation
South Dakota Aurora 41.2% $148.7 million Educational services and health care and social assistance
Tennessee Lake 79.6% $200.5 million Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Texas Roberts 219.6% $69 million Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Utah Beaver 39.7% $423.5 million Retail trade
Vermont Lamoille 16.1% $1.2 billion Retail trade
Virginia Warren 51.8% $1.6 billion Educational services and health care and social assistance
Washington Whatcom 35.7% $11.9 billion Educational services and health care and social assistance
West Virginia Doddridge 134.8% $262.3 million Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
Wisconsin Forest 20.9% $346.9 million Educational services and health care and social assistance
Wyoming Lincoln 24.5% $1 billion Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

Source: Wall St. 24/7

This article was first published by The Center Square.

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