The U.S. Census Bureau has released their latest list of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. Last year, Prince William County had risen to seventh place, but this year has dropped like a rock, right out of the Top 10 down to 13th place behind Montgomery County, MD.
- Falls Church city, Va. $121,250
- Loudoun County, Va. $118,934
- Los Alamos County, N.M. $112,115
- Howard County, Md. $108,234
- Fairfax County, Va., $106,690
- Hunterdon County, N.J. $103,301
- Arlington County, Va. $99,255
- Douglas County, Colo. $98,426
- Stafford County, Va. $95,927
- Somerset County, N.J. $95,574
- Morris County, N.J. $95,236
- Montgomery County, Md. $94,365
- Prince William County, Va. $93,011
It isn’t just a matter of a number of other counties having their household median incomes increase more than PWC’s. In fact, the median for Prince William County has actually DROPPED in real dollars from $95,146 for 2011 down to $93,011 for 2012.
Way to go PWC supervisors, dropping 6 spots in just one year. Now do you understand that your economic, tax, and regulatory policies are driving us backwards? This is no longer just political criticism, but a demonstrable FACT with no less than the U.S. Census Bureau confirming it.
The county’s house of cards is beginning to tumble down and the only elected official who has been the lonely voice sounding the alarm on these issues has been Pete Candland (R-Gainesville).
Meanwhile, neighboring Stafford County has leaped ahead of PWC, in large part due to their more business-friendly policies. Until such time as Prince William County elected officials are willing to undertake a serious reform agenda to change the way the county does business on a whole host of fronts, this downward trend will continue.