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What the top 1% earn in every state

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What the top 1% earn in every state

The average American family earns approximately $56,644 annually, which may not sound too bad to some, but a closer look at the data reveals that if the top 1% of earnerswho collectively rake in an average of $1,153,293 every yearare removed from the equation, the rest of the country is left with an average annual income of only $45,567, a staggeringly lower figure, which accounts for the extra few million people accumulating all that additional wealth.

While there exists a great deal of moral subjectivity as to whether or not action should be taken to combat the nation’s all-time highest levels of income inequality, there is no debate as to the fact that it is taking place. The wealthiest 1% of Americans have nearly twice as much as the bottom 90% combined.

Referencing a 2016 report from the Economic Policy Institute, Stacker composed a list of the states whose wealthiest 1% earn the highest average annual incomes. For reference, the average earnings for the bottom 99% of residents, as well as the ratio comparing total incomes of the top 1% and everybody else, have been provided for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read on to learn how severe income inequality is in every state.

RELATED: Click here to read about the wealthiest counties in the U.S.

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Tim Kiser // Wikimedia

#51. West Virginia

Average income for top 1%: $488,634
Average income for bottom 99%: $34,407
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 14.2

 

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NatalieMaynor // Flickr

#50. Mississippi

Average income for top 1%: $565,813
Average income for bottom 99%: $33,383
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 16.9

 

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#49. New Mexico

Average income for top 1%: $593,739
Average income for bottom 99%: $37,995
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 15.6

 

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#48. Maine

Average income for top 1%: $612,494
Average income for bottom 99%: $41,165
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 14.9

 

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The Pug Father // Flickr

#47. Kentucky

Average income for top 1%: $619,585
Average income for bottom 99%: $37,371
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 16.6

 

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IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

#46. Alabama

Average income for top 1%: $665,097
Average income for bottom 99%: $38,854
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 17.1

 

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James Willamor // Flickr

#45. South Carolina

Average income for top 1%: $668,739
Average income for bottom 99%: $36,950
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 18.1

 

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Anthony Quintano // Flickr

#44. Hawaii

Average income for top 1%: $690,073
Average income for bottom 99%: $51,033
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 13.5

 

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JoshWest.com // Flickr

#43. Iowa

Average income for top 1%: $714,758
Average income for bottom 99%: $51,248
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 13.9

 

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Jasssmit // Wikimedia Commons

#42. Indiana

Average income for top 1%: $717,688
Average income for bottom 99%: $43,426
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 16.5

 

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Pruhter // Wikimedia Commons

#41. Montana

Average income for top 1%: $730,864
Average income for bottom 99%: $42,013
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 17.4

 

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Bob P. B. // Flickr

#40. Vermont

Average income for top 1%: $735,607
Average income for bottom 99%: $45,719
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 16.1

 

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Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce // Flickr

#39. Idaho

Average income for top 1%: $738,278
Average income for bottom 99%: $45,254
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 16.3

 

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John Ashley // Flickr

#38. North Carolina

Average income for top 1%: $745,686
Average income for bottom 99%: $42,162
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 17.7

 

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Bruce W. Stracener // Wikimedia Commons

#37. Arkansas

Average income for top 1%: $750,101
Average income for bottom 99%: $36,421
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 20.6

 

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Robbt // Flickr

#36. Ohio

Average income for top 1%: $752,582
Average income for bottom 99%: $42,391
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 17.8

 

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M.O. Stevens // Wikimedia Commons

#35. Oregon

Average income for top 1%: $754,431
Average income for bottom 99%: $40,719
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 18.5

 

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likeaduck // Flickr

#34. Delaware

Average income for top 1%: $768,109
Average income for bottom 99%: $48,371
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 15.9

 

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Alan Stark // Flickr

#33. Arizona

Average income for top 1%: $784,469
Average income for bottom 99%: $38,354
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 20.5

 

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Kaldari // Wikimedia Commons

#32. Tennessee

Average income for top 1%: $820,373
Average income for bottom 99%: $40,156
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 20.4

 

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Paxson Woelber // Flickr

#31. Alaska

Average income for top 1%: $833,117
Average income for bottom 99%: $63,226
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 13.2

 

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Sam valadi // Flickr

#30. Missouri

Average income for top 1%: $833,823
Average income for bottom 99%: $41,641
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 20

 

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Bryan Debus // Flickr

#29. Michigan

Average income for top 1%: $834,008
Average income for bottom 99%: $37,896
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 22

 

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tableatny // Flickr

#28. Georgia

Average income for top 1%: $857,728
Average income for bottom 99%: $40,095
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 21.4

 

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Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau // Flickr

#27. Louisiana

Average income for top 1%: $859,619
Average income for bottom 99%: $41,600
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 20.7

 

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Pat Hawks // Flickr

#26. Nebraska

Average income for top 1%: $872,892
Average income for bottom 99%: $57,076
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 15.3

 

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Reading Tom // Flickr

#25. Rhode Island

Average income for top 1%: $884,609
Average income for bottom 99%: $47,545
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 18.6

 

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Miwdke // Wikimedia Commons

#24. Wisconsin

Average income for top 1%: $888,121
Average income for bottom 99%: $46,669
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 19

 

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Jordan // Flickr

#23. Pennsylvania

Average income for top 1%: $926,051
Average income for bottom 99%: $45,781
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 20.2

 

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Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau // Wikimedia Commons

#22. Oklahoma

Average income for top 1%: $930,201
Average income for bottom 99%: $44,849
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 20.7

 

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Garrett // Wikimedia Commons

#21. Utah

Average income for top 1%: $940,662
Average income for bottom 99%: $50,367
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 18.7

 

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Sean Pavone // Shutterstock

#20. Kansas

Average income for top 1%: $981,279
Average income for bottom 99%: $50,367
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 19.5

 

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Jim // Wikimedia Commons

#19. Virginia

Average income for top 1%: $987,607
Average income for bottom 99%: $55,743
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 17.7

 

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John Phelan // Wikimedia Commons

#18. New Hampshire

Average income for top 1%: $1,011,141
Average income for bottom 99%: $56,475
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 17.9

 

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Joe Wolf // Flickr

#17. Maryland

Average income for top 1%: $1,024,110
Average income for bottom 99%: $60,172
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 17

 

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Seabear70 // Wikimedia Commons

#16. South Dakota

Average income for top 1%: $1,025,091
Average income for bottom 99%: $53,213
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 19.3

 

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AlexiusHoratius // Wikimedia Commons

#15. Minnesota

Average income for top 1%: $1,035,928
Average income for bottom 99%: $52,689
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 19.7

 

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Lonni Besançon // Flickr

#14. Washington

Average income for top 1%: $1,100,186
Average income for bottom 99%: $50,372
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 21.8

 

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Larry Johnson // Flickr

#13. Colorado

Average income for top 1%: $1,101,214
Average income for bottom 99%: $54,809
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 20.1

 

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Tony Webster // Flickr

#12. Illinois

Average income for top 1%: $1,207,547
Average income for bottom 99%: $48,684
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 24.8

 

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UltraView Admin // Flickr

#11. Florida

Average income for top 1%: $1,265,774
Average income for bottom 99%: $36,530
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 34.7

 

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Tony Webster // Flickr

#10. North Dakota

Average income for top 1%: $1,282,551
Average income for bottom 99%: $61,178
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 21

 

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IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

#9. Texas

Average income for top 1%: $1,301,618
Average income for bottom 99%: $48,350
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 26.9

 

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IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

#8. Nevada

Average income for top 1%: $1,386,448
Average income for bottom 99%: $36,169
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 38.3

 

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Joe Parks // Wikimedia Commons

#7. California

Average income for top 1%: $1,411,375
Average income for bottom 99%: $48,899
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 28.9

 

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#6. New Jersey

Average income for top 1%: $1,453,741
Average income for bottom 99%: $57,447
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 25.3

 

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Sebastian Bass // Flickr

#5. District of Columbia

Average income for top 1%: $1,531,432
Average income for bottom 99%: $63,100
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 24.3

 

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Ryan Harvey // Flickr

#4. Massachusetts

Average income for top 1%: $1,692,079
Average income for bottom 99%: $56,115
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 30.2

 

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John St John // Flickr

#3. New York

Average income for top 1%: $2,006,632
Average income for bottom 99%: $44,163
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 45.4

 

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Michel Rathwell // Flickr

#2. Wyoming

Average income for top 1%: $2,118,167
Average income for bottom 99%: $52,196
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 40.6

 

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JJBers // Flickr

#1. Connecticut

Average income for top 1%: $2,402,339
Average income for bottom 99%: $56,445
Ratio of 1% income to 99% income: 42.6

 

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