Highest-earning counties in New Jersey

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July 6, 2022
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Highest-earning counties in New Jersey

The 2020 median household income in the U.S. was $67,521, a decrease of 2.9% from 2019. COVID-19 in 2020 drastically altered income and poverty levels, along with consumer habits and job opportunities.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-earning counties in New Jersey using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by 2020 5-year estimate median household income.

Data shows that annual annual income depends heavily on an individual's educational attainment, race, ethnicity, gender, and even location. One cluster of the United States is particularly well off: The five of the seven counties with the highest median household income in the country can be found in the Washington D.C. metropolitan areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia. These counties can likely attribute their wealth to their proximity to Washington D.C., which attracts highly educated and skilled people in areas of law and public policy. And people in those fields often marry each other, making two high-earning households one very high-earning household.

Keep reading to learn more about the highest-earning counties in New Jersey.

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#21. Cumberland County

- Median household income: $55,709
--- 34.6% below state average, 14.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 24.6%
--- #921 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.8%
--- #1,272 highest among all counties nationwide

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#20. Atlantic County

- Median household income: $63,680
--- 25.3% below state average, 2.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 30.9%
--- #435 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
--- #655 highest among all counties nationwide

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#19. Essex County

- Median household income: $63,959
--- 25.0% below state average, 1.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 33.8%
--- #321 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.1%
--- #639 highest among all counties nationwide

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#18. Salem County

- Median household income: $64,234
--- 24.6% below state average, 1.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 32.2%
--- #377 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.4%
--- #625 highest among all counties nationwide

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#17. Camden County

- Median household income: $70,957
--- 16.8% below state average, 9.2% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 34.4%
--- #301 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.4%
--- #352 highest among all counties nationwide

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#16. Cape May County

- Median household income: $72,385
--- 15.1% below state average, 11.4% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 34.0%
--- #313 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.2%
--- #312 highest among all counties nationwide

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#15. Ocean County

- Median household income: $72,679
--- 14.7% below state average, 11.8% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 35.3%
--- #273 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.1%
--- #302 highest among all counties nationwide

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#14. Passaic County

- Median household income: $73,562
--- 13.7% below state average, 13.2% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 36.4%
--- #250 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.3%
--- #286 highest among all counties nationwide

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#13. Hudson County

- Median household income: $75,062
--- 11.9% below state average, 15.5% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 38.6%
--- #197 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
--- #263 highest among all counties nationwide

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#12. Union County

- Median household income: $82,644
--- 3.1% below state average, 27.2% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 41.8%
--- #135 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.7%
--- #162 highest among all counties nationwide

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#11. Mercer County

- Median household income: $83,306
--- 2.3% below state average, 28.2% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 42.7%
--- #120 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.5%
--- #153 highest among all counties nationwide

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#10. Warren County

- Median household income: $83,497
--- 2.1% below state average, 28.5% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 40.0%
--- #174 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.4%
--- #150 highest among all counties nationwide

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#9. Gloucester County

- Median household income: $89,056
--- 4.5% above state average, 37.0% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 44.5%
--- #95 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.4%
--- #100 highest among all counties nationwide

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#8. Burlington County

- Median household income: $90,329
--- 6.0% above state average, 39.0% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 44.7%
--- #94 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.9%
--- #91 highest among all counties nationwide

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#7. Middlesex County

- Median household income: $91,731
--- 7.6% above state average, 41.1% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 46.0%
--- #82 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.6%
--- #80 highest among all counties nationwide

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#6. Sussex County

- Median household income: $96,222
--- 12.9% above state average, 48.0% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 48.0%
--- #63 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.5%
--- #62 highest among all counties nationwide

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#5. Monmouth County

- Median household income: $103,523
--- 21.4% above state average, 59.3% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 51.7%
--- #40 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.0%
--- #40 highest among all counties nationwide

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#4. Bergen County

- Median household income: $104,623
--- 22.7% above state average, 61.0% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 52.2%
--- #32 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.0%
--- #33 highest among all counties nationwide

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#3. Somerset County

- Median household income: $116,510
--- 36.7% above state average, 79.3% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 56.8%
--- #16 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.7%
--- #15 highest among all counties nationwide

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#2. Morris County

- Median household income: $117,298
--- 37.6% above state average, 80.5% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 57.2%
--- #13 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.6%
--- #14 highest among all counties nationwide

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#1. Hunterdon County

- Median household income: $117,858
--- 38.3% above state average, 81.3% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 59.2%
--- #9 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 3.5%
--- #13 highest among all counties nationwide

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