Washington, D.C., is nation's top destination for young and wealthy

Famed 19th-century newspaperman Horace Greeley may have urged, "Go West, young man," in search of opportunity, but today's young people are finding fortune (if not necessarily fame) in a city few would associate with open land and spacious skies -- Washington, D.C.

The nation's capital has become the prime destination for wealthy 25- to 34-year-olds, according to new analysis by the Nielson Co. Sixteen of the top 50 counties with the highest concentrations of young people making more than $100,000 a year are in counties surrounding Washington, the study says. Of the Top 10 counties, three are in the D.C. metro area.