KING GEORGE, Va. — King George County, a rural enclave of 25,000 people, has racked up $100 million in debt with a spending spree on new public buildings.

The “Gateway to the Northern Neck” is a tale of two communities. Average income ranks high, thanks to the presence of wealthy landed gentry and a Naval weapons center Dahlgren.

On the other hand, a third of King George’s subjects subsist at or below poverty level. Downtown consists mainly of broken-down homes and struggling businesses.