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Where the 1% Live: Maryland Boasts One Third of Richest Counties in US

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Courtesy of Citybizlist – Maryland lays claim to five of America’s 15 richest counties, led by Howard County with a median household income of $101,771, according to a report by The Street.

The Street looked at Census Bureau data from 2010, selecting the 15 counties with the highest median household income – boasting a combined median income nearly double the national average of $49,445.

American’s richest county is Loudon County, Va., with a $119,540 median income.

Read the full story here.

Here is what The Street said about the five counties in Maryland that made the list.

3rd Richest: Howard County, Md.

Median Household Income: $101,771

With an astounding 58.3% of residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, Howard County shows that higher education can pay. One of only three counties that have a six-figure median household income in the U.S., Howard is located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., attracting the extremely affluent. The median value of owner-occupied homes in the county is $456,200.

12th Richest: Montgomery County, Md.

Median Household Income: $89,155

With almost 1 million residents, Montgomery is one of the largest counties on our list. It’s no surprise that this county is so large, since it’s situated just north of Washington, D.C. and only an hour from Baltimore.

More than half of the county’s population has a bachelor’s degree or higher and the home values in this area are astounding. The median value of owner-occupied homes was $482,900 from 2006-2010.

13th Richest: Calvert County, Md.

Median Household Income: $88,862

Calvert lies just across the Patuxent River from St. Mary’s County, which holds the 14th spot on our list. The median household income in this county didn’t see the same boom that St. Mary’s saw year over year, though. Its income remained essentially flat, decreasing less than 1% from 2009.

Veterans make up roughly 10% of the population, according to the most recent census data.

Read the rest of the story at citybizlist.com

Howard County Latest to Consider Gender Identity Bill

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Earlier this year, a transgender woman was attacked for attempting to use the women’s room at a McDonald’s in Rosedale. The widely viewed cellphone footage of the attack helped make gender rights an issue. Currently, Howard County is considering a bill that adds “gender identity” to the short list of unlawful grounds for discrimination that currently includes race, religion, and political orientation. The law would protect transgender individuals against “discrimination in housing, employment, law enforcement practices and public accommodations in the county.”

Interestingly enough, it seems that most of the opposition to the Howard County bill is focused on what the law might mean for public restrooms. Opponents, including Greg Quinlan of the Arlington based group Equality and Justice for All, fear that the bill will encourage a transgender woman (who was born male) to use the ladies’ room, but a moment’s reflection reveals it as a desperate argument. Certainly transgender women are already using women’s facilities, just as transgender men are using men’s facilities.

Other statements from Quinlan’s press release reveal more faulty reasoning: “These men may dress as women but they are still males and can be attracted to women.” I suppose Quinlan would be shocked to learn that females can be attracted to women, too.

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