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It’s no secret that living in Massachusetts, especially in the Boston area, can cost a pretty penny. But new Census data show just how much residents in each United States county are also making — and those in Eastern Massachusetts are apparently raking it in.

The Census late last week released data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey, which provides detailed profiles of communities nationwide. The data show several different key points of interest — including how much household income is being reported in each community nationwide.

The highest earners in Massachusetts live in Dover, according to the data, with a whopping $204,018 median household income reported — more than twice the statewide median of $74,167. Closely following Dover was Weston at $196,651; Wellesley at $176,852; Sudbury at $170,945; and Sherborn and Carlisle, at $170,872 and $170,703, respectively.

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Meanwhile, the towns and cities with the lowest median household incomes tended to be located outside Greater Boston. Monroe in northwestern Massachusetts was the lowest at $31,458, with Springfield ($37,118), Holyoke ($37,954), North Adams ($38,774), and Fall River ($39,328) following.

The Census data also show how much household income is being reported in each county nationwide.

Out of more than 3,140 counties, four in Massachusetts are among the top 100 with the highest median household incomes. The median household income for Norfolk County (think: Wellesley, Brookline, and Needham), which is the 25th highest in the nation, was $95,668; Middlesex County clocked in at 35th highest at $92,878. Meanwhile, households in Nantucket County (number 40) make a median of $91,942, and Plymouth County residents were 86th highest with $82,081.

Suffolk County, which houses Boston, was further down the list at number 459, with a median household income of $61,242.

The highest earners nationwide, according to Census data, live in Loudoun County in Virginia, which sits just northwest of Washington, D.C. Those in Loudoun County reported a median household income of $129,588. (In fact, four of the top five counties were located in Virginia — with the other one being in Maryland.)

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To put all of this in perspective, the national median household income was $57,652, according to Census data.

100 US counties with the highest median household income
County State Median annual household income
Loudoun County Virginia $129,588
Fairfax County Virginia $117,515
Howard County Maryland $115,576
Falls Church city Virginia $114,795
Arlington County Virginia $112,138
Douglas County Colorado $111,154
Hunterdon County New Jersey $110,969
Los Alamos County New Mexico $110,190
Morris County New Jersey $107,034
Fairfax city Virginia $106,870
Santa Clara County California $106,761
Somerset County New Jersey $106,046
Nassau County New York $105,744
San Mateo County California $105,667
Marin County California $104,703
Williamson County Tennessee $103,543
Montgomery County Maryland $103,178
Stafford County Virginia $103,005
Prince William County Virginia $101,059
Calvert County Maryland $100,350
Delaware County Ohio $100,229
Putnam County New York $99,608
Forsyth County Georgia $96,445
San Francisco County California $96,265
Norfolk County Massachusetts $95,668
Summit County Utah $94,952
Fauquier County Virginia $94,775
Anne Arundel County Maryland $94,502
Charles County Maryland $93,973
Fort Bend County Texas $93,645
Alexandria city Virginia $93,370
Rockwall County Texas $93,269
Scott County Minnesota $93,151
Carver County Minnesota $93,095
Middlesex County Massachusetts $92,878
Elbert County Colorado $92,849
Suffolk County New York $92,838
Chester County Pennsylvania $92,417
Oldham County Kentucky $92,237
Nantucket County Massachusetts $91,942
Monmouth County New Jersey $91,807
Bergen County New Jersey $91,572
Billings County North Dakota $91,518
Juneau City and Borough Alaska $90,749
Hamilton County Indiana $90,582
Carroll County Maryland $90,510
Collin County Texas $90,124
Westchester County New York $89,968
Williams County North Dakota $89,874
Kendall County Illinois $89,860
Fairfield County Connecticut $89,773
Washington County Minnesota $89,598
Queen Anne's County Maryland $89,241
Sussex County New Jersey $89,238
Rockland County New York $88,571
Frederick County Maryland $88,502
Contra Costa County California $88,456
Poquoson city Virginia $88,328
York County Virginia $86,781
Goochland County Virginia $86,652
St. Mary's County Maryland $86,508
Morgan County Utah $86,071
Valdez-Cordova Census Area Alaska $86,019
Alameda County California $85,743
Broomfield County Colorado $85,639
Rockingham County New Hampshire $85,619
Aleutians West Census Area Alaska $85,192
Daggett County Utah $85,000
Hanover County Virginia $84,955
Sublette County Wyoming $84,911
Fayette County Georgia $84,861
Montgomery County Pennsylvania $84,791
King George County Virginia $84,770
DuPage County Illinois $84,442
Sherburne County Minnesota $83,895
Eagle County Colorado $83,803
King County Washington $83,571
Harford County Maryland $83,445
Denali Borough Alaska $83,295
Middlesex County New Jersey $83,133
Burlington County New Jersey $82,839
Dallas County Iowa $82,719
Lake County Illinois $82,613
Anchorage Municipality Alaska $82,271
McHenry County Illinois $82,230
Plymouth County Massachusetts $82,081
Bucks County Pennsylvania $82,031
Ventura County California $81,972
Orange County California $81,851
Lincoln County South Dakota $81,849
Middlesex County Connecticut $81,673
Gloucester County New Jersey $81,489
Spotsylvania County Virginia $81,434
Tolland County Connecticut $81,312
Waukesha County Wisconsin $81,140
Johnson County Kansas $81,121
Kendall County Texas $81,023
Loving County Texas $80,938
Will County Illinois $80,782
James City County Virginia $80,772
SOURCE: US Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 2013-17

The new Census data also shed light on a few other topics.

For example, it appears true what they say about Boston being a young city. With a population of 780,685, Suffolk County — home of the renowned college town — showed the median age as being 32.6, according to the new data. (For comparison, Middlesex County’s median age is 38.5, Essex County’s is 40.8, Norfolk County’s is 41, and Barnstable County’s is 52.4.)

And if you think your commute is long, you’re probably right. The median commute in several Eastern Massachusetts counties proved to be several minutes longer than the national median of 26.4 minutes. Norfolk County commuters reported taking 33.9 minutes; Suffolk County commuters took 30.7 minutes; and Middlesex County workers commuted 30.3 minutes.


Matt Rocheleau of the Globe staff contributed to this report.