The strong showing in Flagler, the nation's fastest growing county, was no surprise to Nick Sacia, acting director at Enterprise Flagler, the county's public/private economic development agency.
"We've got a lot of Realtors making a lot of money," Sacia
"Right now, that is what everybody is making their money off locally."
In addition to the robust housing market, Sacia
said the county benefits from high-paying jobs outside the residential construction industry, including at SeaRay Boats and ACI
, a software development company.
The figure also reflects wealthy retirees moving into the area.
Plus, the county's lack of low paying jobs in stores and restaurants tends to skew the income average, he
But that could soon change.
"I think it's going to be a battle to continue that kind of increase as Town Center and Palm Coast Park get developed and more restaurants and retailers take advantage of that," he