Teton County was wealthiest in the U.S.

Laramie, WY – Teton County had the highest per-capita income in the U.S. in 2007, at roughly 130 thousand dollars, according to recently released federal data. Jonathan Schechter of the Jackson-based Charture Institute says that most of that wealth isn't actually earned in the county. "Even though we traditionally think of people earning their money in the community in which they live," he said, "to a larger and larger extent that's simply not the case."

Technology and a global economy allow people in careers like consulting and finance to choose where they live, Schechter says. And places like Jackson Hole, Nantucket and Aspen rise to the top wealth rankings, displacing financial centers like New York City.

Sublette County was also among the wealthiest in the nation in 2007, with a per capita income of more than 61 thousand dollars.