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After the Midterms, One Party Controls All the Wealthiest Congressional Districts

Andrew DePietro

Money and politics have become inseparable in America, with elections and campaigns more expensive than ever, especially in light of the 2018 midterm elections. Super PACs, although barred from coordinating with politicians directly, can help raise millions of dollars for a campaign and singlehandedly sway the outcome of an election.

GOBankingRates explored the connection between politics and money in a new analysis that determined the wealthiest congressional districts in the U.S. after the 2018 midterm election results came in. The report analyzed all 435 congressional districts in the nation, using income data sourced from the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey.

Although Florida has plenty of wealthy individuals, incomes in the state are quite low, overall. Low incomes bring down the median income of the population. Add on the manner in which congressional districts are drawn, and the result is that Florida is not among the wealthiest in the U.S.

Keep reading to find out where the richest congressional districts are in America — and which party represents them.

Top 10 Wealthiest Congressional Districts in the US

California, New Jersey, New York and Virginia dominated the top 10 wealthiest congressional districts. Out of the wealthiest 50 districts, 13 are located in California; eight are in New York; five in New Jersey; and four in Virginia. Massachusetts, which didn’t make the top 10, still sports four of the nation’s richest congressional districts.

Here are the 10 richest congressional districts in the U.S. by median household income:

  1. Congressional District 10, Virginia: $116,069 | Democrat

  2. Congressional District 18, California: $112,702 | Democrat

  3. Congressional District 17, California: $107,946 | Democrat

  4. Congressional District 11, Virginia: $105,024 | Democrat

  5. Congressional District 7, New Jersey: $104,987 | Democrat

  6. Congressional District 3, New York: $104,805 | Democrat

  7. Congressional District 11, New Jersey: $103,419 | Democrat

  8. Congressional District 8, Virginia: $100,649 | Democrat

  9. Congressional District 33, California: $99,902 | Democrat

  10. Congressional District 8, Maryland: $97,663 | Democrat

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is the wealthiest in the country and will now be represented by the Democratic Party. This sprawling district in Northern Virginia is home to some towns well-known for their affluence. Great Falls boasts a median household income of $230,304, according to the Census Bureau. McLean isn’t too shabby, either, at $190,258. Newly elected Democrat Jennifer Wexton represents the district.

California’s 17th and 18th Districts can be found in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 17th District includes Cupertino, Fremont, Santa Clara, San Jose and Sunnyvale, places that are well-known for surging home values and tech industry wealth. The same goes for the 18th District, which covers Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and Santa Cruz. California’s 33rd District is in Southern California and stretches from Malibu in the northwest to Ranchos Palos Verdes in the southeast, covering all the wealthiest parts of Los Angeles.

Look: You’re Probably Richer Than These Members of Congress

List of the Richest Congressional Districts in the US

Among the top 10 richest congressional districts, Democrats now represent all 10. Out of the 50 richest districts, Democrats have 41 to Republicans’ nine.

Check out the 50 wealthiest congressional districts in the nation:

50 Wealthiest Congressional Districts in the US

Wealth
Ranking

State

District

Median Household Income

Representative

Party

1

VA

10th

$116,069

Jennifer Wexton

Democrat

2

CA

18th

$112,702

Anna Eshoo

Democrat

3

CA

17th

$107,946

Ro Khanna

Democrat

4

VA

11th

$105,024

Gerald Connolly

Democrat

5

NJ

7th

$104,987

Tom Malinowski

Democrat

6

NY

3rd

$104,805

Thomas Suozzi

Democrat

7

NJ

11th

$103,419

Mikie Sherrill

Democrat

8

VA

8th

$100,649

Donald Beyer

Democrat

9

CA

33rd

$99,902

Ted Lieu

Democrat

10

MD

8th

$97,663

Jamie Raskin

Democrat

11

CA

15th

$97,232

Eric Swalwell

Democrat

12

NY

4th

$96,078

Kathleen Rice

Democrat

13

NJ

5th

$95,701

Josh Gottheimer

Democrat

14

CA

45th

$93,995

Mimi Walters

Republican

15

IL

6th

$93,839

Sean Casten

Democrat

16

CA

14th

$93,666

Jackie Speier

Democrat

17

NY

12th

$93,559

Carolyn Maloney

Democrat

18

MD

5th

$92,295

Steny Hoyer

Democrat

19

NY

17th

$91,734

Nita Lowey

Democrat

20

MA

4th

$91,203

Joseph Kennedy III

Democrat

21

NY

2nd

$90,614

Peter King

Republican

22

TX

22nd

$90,194

Pete Olson

Republican

23

CT

4th

$90,142

James Himes

Democrat

24

CA

12th

$88,364

Nancy Pelosi

Democrat

25

NY

1st

$88,242

Lee Zeldin

Republican

26

TX

3rd

$86,783

Van Taylor

Republican

27

IL

14th

$86,449

Lauren Underwood

Democrat

28

MA

5th

$86,416

Katherine Clark

Democrat

29

CA

52nd

$86,174

Scott Peters

Democrat

30

WA

1st

$85,293

Suzan DelBene

Democrat

31

CA

19th

$85,010

Zoe Lofgren

Democrat

32

CA

48th

$83,894

Harley Rouda

Democrat

33

PA

7th

$82,483

Susan Wild

Democrat

34

GA

6th

$82,390

Lucy McBath

Democrat

35

NY

10th

$81,814

Jerrold Nadler

Democrat

36

MN

3rd

$81,804

Dean Phillips

Democrat

37

MA

6th

$81,711

Seth Moulton

Democrat

38

TX

26th

$81,425

Michael Burgess

Republican

39

NJ

12th

$81,115

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Democrat

40

MD

3rd

$81,032

John Sarbanes

Democrat

41

CA

39th

$80,844

Young Kim

Republican

42

VA

1st

$80,492

Robert Wittman

Republican

43

PA

8th

$79,615

Matt Cartwright

Democrat

44

NY

18th

$79,539

Sean Maloney

Democrat

45

MA

8th

$78,995

Stephen Lynch

Democrat

46

CA

11th

$78,487

Mark DeSaulnier

Democrat

47

NJ

4th

$77,685

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Republican

48

PA

6th

$77,580

Chrissy Houlahan

Democrat

49

CA

49th

$77,558

Mike Levin (projected win)

Democrat

50

MN

2nd

$77,468

Angie Craig

Democrat

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Methodology: The study analyzed every congressional district in all 50 states, determining the wealthiest congressional districts based on the highest median household income, sourced from the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey. The mean household income was included in our data for representational purposes. Information on representatives and political parties was sourced from GovTrack.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: After the Midterms, One Party Controls All the Wealthiest Congressional Districts