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During the closing week of June, 1937, the U.S. Census Bureau released the data that was compiled by it's business wing concerning the payrolls dolled out by the nation's wealthiest industries in 1935. The information gleaned from these payrolls indicated which were the five richest counties in the country based on personal income. When the census was conducted, there were approximately 3,098 counties; the five municipalities in question could be found in two Eastern states, two Mid-Western states and one Western state.

Jump ahead to our own time and you'll learn how much the game has changed: today the top five wealthiest counties in the United States are all located in the Maryland and Virginia Suburbs that lie just outside the District of Columbia! The Federal Government is not called "The world's largest corporation" for nothing. Wherever large amounts of money is wielded, large salaries will also be found. The counties listed in the article on the right were all to be found in states that hosted great industries: steel, coal, shipping, agriculture and railroads. Washington, D.C. takes in a tremendous amount in taxes, but what does it produce (don't answer that)? The Founders never envisioned this for the nation's capital city.

The gang over at Politifact looked into this matter: CLICK HERE to read how all this was verified.

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The Five Wealthiest Counties (Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)

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