Darien is the 10th wealthiest school district in the United States, according to 24/7 Wall Street, a news website.
The website's article was republished by the MSN website earlier this month. Darien's tax base was compared with those of other communities. The article cited the town's median household income of $175,766 and per student expenditures of $18,047, among other factors.
"On the 2008-2009 Connecticut Academic Performance Tests, close to 100 percent of 10th-grade students from demonstrated proficiency in reading and writing, while the average Connecticut school had 80% to 90% proficiency," according to the article. "U.S. News ranked the district’s high school seventh in the state of Connecticut."
Darien was outranked by New Canaan (No. 8, with $179,338 median income; $18,915 in per student spending), and Weston (No. 2, with a median income of $209,718 and per-student spending of $20,718).
The very richest school? Scarsdale, NY, with $238,000 in median income and $26,742 in per student spending. Westchester County in New York and Fairfield County have the largest concentration of the top 10 richest school districts in the country, according to the article.
The article did not state what years it was using for its comparisons of income, spending, tax base and other information.
Last month, U.S. News & World Report ranked Darien High School and the 324th best in the country, according to its 2012 Best High Schools ranking. However some school districts later said the data provided was incorrect.
Later in May it was reported that ranks 328 in Newsweek's 2012 "America's Best High Schools" list.