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  • What the top 1% earn in every state
    1/ matze_ott // Flickr

    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.

  • #51. West Virginia
    2/ 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

     

  • #50. Mississippi
    3/ 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

     

  • #49. New Mexico
    4/ 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

     

  • #48. Maine
    5/ 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

     

  • #47. Kentucky
    6/ 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

     

  • #46. Alabama
    7/ 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

     

  • #45. South Carolina
    8/ 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

     

  • #44. Hawaii
    9/ 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

     

  • #43. Iowa
    10/ 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

     

  • #42. Indiana
    11/ 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

     

  • #41. Montana
    12/ 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

     

  • #40. Vermont
    13/ 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

     

  • #39. Idaho
    14/ 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

     

  • #38. North Carolina
    15/ 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

     

  • #37. Arkansas
    16/ 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

     

  • #36. Ohio
    17/ 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

     

  • #35. Oregon
    18/ 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

     

  • #34. Delaware
    19/ 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

     

  • #33. Arizona
    20/ 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

     

  • #32. Tennessee
    21/ 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

     

  • #31. Alaska
    22/ 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

     

  • #30. Missouri
    23/ 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

     

  • #29. Michigan
    24/ 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

     

  • #28. Georgia
    25/ 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

     

  • #27. Louisiana
    26/ 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

     

  • #26. Nebraska
    27/ 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

     

  • #25. Rhode Island
    28/ 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

     

  • #24. Wisconsin
    29/ 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

     

  • #23. Pennsylvania
    30/ 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

     

  • #22. Oklahoma
    31/ 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

     

  • #21. Utah
    32/ 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

     

  • #20. Kansas
    33/ 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

     

  • #19. Virginia
    34/ 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

     

  • #18. New Hampshire
    35/ 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

     

  • #17. Maryland
    36/ 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

     

  • #16. South Dakota
    37/ 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

     

  • #15. Minnesota
    38/ 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

     

  • #14. Washington
    39/ 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

     

  • #13. Colorado
    40/ 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

     

  • #12. Illinois
    41/ 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

     

  • #11. Florida
    42/ 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

     

  • #10. North Dakota
    43/ 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

     

  • #9. Texas
    44/ 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

     

  • #8. Nevada
    45/ 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

     

  • #7. California
    46/ 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

     

  • #6. New Jersey
    47/ 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

     

  • #5. District of Columbia
    48/ 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

     

  • #4. Massachusetts
    49/ 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

     

  • #3. New York
    50/ 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

     

  • #2. Wyoming
    51/ 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

     

  • #1. Connecticut
    52/ 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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