new study from SmartAsset lists the counties with the highest per capita wealth in North Carolina. And not to my surprise Mecklenburg County made the list. The study measured the amount of investment income being generated in each county. Also, the per capita income and the median home value in order to find the wealthiest places. You can read the full methodology at the end of this list. For a closer look at the top counties in North Carolina, check out the list below:

  • 10. Moore County

    Per Capita Investment Income: $13,983

    Median Home Value: $294,939

    Per Capita Income: $54,514

    Moore County, NC

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  • 9. Durham County

    Per Capita Investment Income: $12,677

    Median Home Value: $315,042

    Per Capita Income: $54,056

    Durham County, NC

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  • 8. New Hanover Country

    Per Capita Investment Income: $16,121

    Median Home Value: $346,584

    Per Capita Income: $50,780

    New Hanover County, NC

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  • 7. Union County

    Per Capita Investment Income: $12,876

    Median Home Value: $358,445

    Per Capita Income: $56,820

    Union County, NC

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  • 6. Buncombe County

    Per Capita Investment Income: $17,089

    Median Home Value: $351,566

    Per Capita Income: $53,309

    Buncombe County, NC

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  • 5. Dare County

    Per Capita Investment Income: $11,257

    Median Home Value: $366,612

    Per Capita Income: $59,240

    Dare County, NC

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  • 4. Meckenburg County

    Per Capita Investment Income: $19,913

    Median Home Value: $355,693

    Per Capita Income: $65,244

    Mecklenburg County, NC

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  • 3. Chatham County

    Per Capita Investment Income: $17,025

    Median Home Value: $376,684

    Per Capita Income: $66,766

    Chatham County, NC

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  • 2. Wake County

    Per Capita Investment Income: $16,424

    Median Home Value: $411,700

    Per Capita Income: $65,450

    Wake County, NC

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  • 1. Orange County

    Per Capita Investment Income: $20,885

    Median Home Value: $433,009

    Per Capita Income: $67,089

    Orange County, NC

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  • Methodology (Per Smart Asset)

    To identify the wealthiest counties, we compared all U.S. counties across three metrics: investment income, property value, and per capita income.

    We started the analysis by calculating the Investment Index for each county by evenly weighing the Ordinary Dividends, Qualified Dividends, and Net Capital Gains. From there we calculated the Median Home Value, and the Per Capita Income for each county, and ranked them on all three metrics.

    We calculated a Wealth Index for all U.S. counties based on a combination of these three metrics and ranked them accordingly to provide a holistic view of what areas of the U.S. are accumulating the most wealth.