PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- They already hold the title of best school district in the state and now St. Johns County can add one more first place prize to the trophy case. According to newly-released U.S. Census data, workers in St. Johns County are the highest paid in Florida.
"What the data about St. Johns County tells us, is that people of means tend to choose a great location to live,” said Candace Moody, Vice President of Communications for WorkSource.
According to our news partner, the Jacksonville Business Journal, estimates by the Census American Community Survey show the median individual income in St. Johns County is $69, 724. That’s nearly $5,000 more than the number two county in the state, Martin County.
The second-highest median annual income in Northeast Florida was Nassau County.
But Moody calls the data a bit misleading.
"One of the things that we have to remember about the Census data is that it's measuring data about people and not about places necessarily,” said Moody.
She points out many of those people making the big bucks are actually making them in places outside of St. Johns County.
"Those workers don't necessarily work in St. Johns County. They live there, but they travel throughout the region to go to work, many of them come to Jacksonville for those high-paying jobs,” said Moody.