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April 13, 2017

Shale, Not Stock, Fuels the Wealthiest U.S. County
By Suzanne Woolley

There are three good guesses for which U.S. county has the the highest adjusted gross incomes (AGI): New York County, otherwise known as Manhattan; Connecticut’s Fairfield County, where those rich Manhattanites land when they want a lawn; and Wyoming’s Teton County, home of Jackson Hole, where the richest of the rich go to play and sometimes stay. As you run out of reasons to procrastinate (the deadline to file your taxes is Tuesday!), chew on this: The correct answer is McMullen County, Texas. This rectangle, about 70 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, is home to 8,000 living people and, in Boot Hill Cemetery, dead ones who saw violent ends and were—as the saying goes—buried “with their boots on.” The average AGI in McMullen County per federal return in 2015 was a whopping $303,717, according to a database search on the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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