2. Howard County, MD

Maryland's Howard County is frequently lorded for its astounding quality of life, excellent schools, and its affluence. It should be no surprise that it's one of the richest counties in America. In 2010, the City of Columbia was named as being the second-best place to live in America by Money Magazine. It was also voted the healthiest Maryland county for four years in a row. Howard County has a household median income of $111,473. 19.4% of these households earn more than $200,000. House prices are a decent $444,100 and almost 3/4 of the residents own their own homes.

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