Washington, D.C., has money.
It’s home to a federal government that spent more than $3.5 trillion in fiscal year 2012. The metropolitan area includes contractors, corporate headquarters, lobbyists and other influence-shapers.
The region also boasts four of the 10 congressional districts with the highest median household income, according to new Census Bureau estimates released today and analyzed by Political Capital.
Topping the list: Virginia’s 10th District, with a median income of $108,068, according to the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey, which surveys more than 3 million addresses per year. Republican Frank Wolf has served there since 1981.
About 70 percent of district residents live in Loudoun County or Fairfax County in outer suburbs of the Washington metropolitan region. This was also the most politically competitive Virginia district in the 2012 presidential election, with Mitt Romney edging out President Barack Obama by about 1 percentage point.
Here are the other nine richest districts, seven of which Democrats hold. The median household income figures are estimates and subject to some margin of error.
2. California’s 18th ($100,917; Anna Eshoo, Democrat). In this Silicon Valley district you’ll find Stanford University in Palo Alto and the corporate headquarters of Google Inc. in Mountain View.
3. California’s 17th ($100,652; Mike Honda, Democrat). This district takes in Sunnyvale, part of San Jose, and the headquarters of Apple Inc. in Cupertino. Honda faces a challenge in the 2014 election from another Democrat, technology lawyer Ro Khanna.
4. Virginia’s 11th ($98,815; Gerry Connolly, Democrat). About all of the people here live in Fairfax County or Prince William County near Washington. SAIC Inc. and Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. have their corporate headquarters in this district.
5. New Jersey’s 7th ($98,622; Leonard Lance, Republican). This district includes all or part of six counties in north-central New Jersey, including the communities of Bridgewater, Westfield and North Plainfield.
6. New York’s 3rd ($96,626; Steve Israel, Democrat). Israel, who leads the House Democratic campaign organization, represents parts of Long Island and Queens.
7. New Jersey’s 11th ($96,399; Rodney Frelinghuysen, Republican). The district takes in part of four counties in northern New Jersey, with Morris County accounting for about half of the district population.
8. Virginia’s 8th ($92,918; Jim Moran, Democrat): Moran represents close-in suburbs of Washington, including all of Arlington County and the city of Alexandria. The district takes in the headquarters of General Dynamics Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp.
9. California’s 33rd ($92,111; Henry Waxman, Democrat): Beverly Hills, Malibu and Santa Monica are in this Los Angeles-area district.
10. Maryland’s 8th ($91,462; Chris Van Hollen, Democrat). The district abuts Washington and includes the headquarters of Lockheed Martin Corp. in Bethesda.