Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nationâ€™s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.
Things are tough all overâ€¦ except for Washington, D.C.Â By vacuuming four trillion dollars out of the private economy, President Obama has brought a deficit-fueled boom to the seat of the national bureaucracy he loves.Â Bloomberg News does the honors as Silicon Valley is dethroned, and Americaâ€™s new richest city is crowned:
Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nationâ€™s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge outÂ San JoseÂ as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.
The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046.
This has not escaped the notice of those who concern themselves with income disparity, and theyâ€™re feeling a bit queasy about it:
The figures demonstrate how the nationâ€™s political and financial classes are prospering as the economy struggles with unemployment above 9 percent and thousands of Americans protest in the streets against income disparity, said Kevin Zeese, director ofÂ Prosperity Agenda, a Baltimore-based advocacy group trying to narrow the divide between rich and poor.
â€œThereâ€™s a gap thatâ€™s isolating Washington from the reality of the rest of the country,â€ Zeese said. â€œThey just get more and more out of touch.â€