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Wake County ~ Richest County in North Carolina

> County median household income: $66,006

> State median household income: $46,334

> Pct. households in county making $200,000 or more: 6.8%

> 2013 county unemployment rate: 6.2%

During the five years through 2013, Wake County had a median annual household income of $66,006, the highest in the state although not especially high compared to the nation. The higher incomes were due in large part to the area’s well-educated workforce. Nearly half of Wake County’s adult residents had at least a bachelor’s degree between 2009 and the end of 2013, one of the highest rates nationwide.