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Los Alamos County makes Forbes list as nation's 6th richest county

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By The Staff

Los Alamos County was named the sixth richest county in the United States Friday by Forbes’ for 2017.

The county’s presence on the list isn’t new – in the past decade it has made the list frequently due to the presence of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Two other counties in the western United States were among the top 10 this year: Douglas County, Colorado, was named fifth and Santa Clara County in California was named 10th. Santa Clara County is the home of Silicon Valley.

The magazine reported that the median household income in Los Alamos County is $107,126 with 18,147 residents. The laboratory employs 10,500 people. Los Alamos County is the smallest county in New Mexico.

The median home value in Los Alamos is $535,000, and values have gone up 6.5 percent over the past year. Home values are predicted to continue to rise, according to Forbes.

The top four on this year’s list are located in Virginia and Tennessee, including Fairfax County in Virginia, which ranked third; Falls Church County, also in Virginia, which ranked second; and Loudoun County, also in Virginia, which ranked first.

Loudoun County is 25 miles west of Washington, D.C., and besides government employment, it is also the home of Dulles Airport.