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Counties in every state with the fastest-growing income

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Counties in every state with the fastest-growing income

Wage stagnation is plaguing the modern U.S. economy. The purchasing power of the average American hasn’t budged in decades while wage gains are increasingly going to the highest earners, according to Pew Research

Harvard Business Review points to three main criteria for wage growth in the U.S. In order for workers to get a raise, their productivity needs to increase in such a way that more is produced per hour—most commonly aided by technological advancements or new capital. That uptick in productivity should equate to sustained shares for those workers. Third, gains must be evenly distributed among the workforce and not only among the highest-paid employees. Productivity and wages in today's economy are on the rise but labor’s share of wage increases is shrinking, keeping the median wage stagnant.

Several subsets of the population experience higher wage growth than the others. Within a state, certain developing areas can be ripe for investment, creating new jobs and boosting the economy while other areas may fall victim to outsourced labor and disinvestment that slows down the local flow of cash. 

Using data from the 2013 and 2017 versions of the American Community Survey provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, Stacker compiled a list of 50 counties—one for each state—that had the largest positive-percent change in median household income from 2013 to 2017. The total number of households per state and county is listed, as is the percentage of households making $100,000 or more. To account for any outliers, counties had to have at least 5,000 households to be considered for the list.

Read on to find out which county in your state is seeing fastest-growing household incomes. 

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Alabama: Pickens County

- Median county household income in 2013: $28,741
- Median county household income in 2017: $36,220 (Five-year percent change: 26.02%)
- Alabama median income in 2017: $46,472
- Total county households in 2017: 7,620 (Five-year percent change: -3.86%; State total: 1,856,695)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 12.2% (Five-year percent change: 79.41%; State total: 18.5%)

 

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Alaska: Juneau City and Borough

- Median county household income in 2013: $81,490
- Median county household income in 2017: $90,749 (Five-year percent change: 11.36%)
- Alaska median income in 2017: $76,114
- Total county households in 2017: 12,273 (Five-year percent change: 1.44%; State total: 252,536)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 45% (Five-year percent change: 25.7%; State total: 36.2%)

 

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Arizona: Yavapai County

- Median county household income in 2013: $42,987
- Median county household income in 2017: $48,259 (Five-year percent change: 12.26%)
- Arizona median income in 2017: $53,510
- Total county households in 2017: 94,343 (Five-year percent change: 3.28%; State total: 2,482,311)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 15.8% (Five-year percent change: 21.54%; State total: 22.4%)

 

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Arkansas: Izard County

- Median county household income in 2013: $30,661
- Median county household income in 2017: $39,135 (Five-year percent change: 27.64%)
- Arkansas median income in 2017: $43,813
- Total county households in 2017: 5,189 (Five-year percent change: -8.68%; State total: 1,147,291)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 7.5% (Five-year percent change: 38.89%; State total: 15.9%)

 

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California: San Francisco County

- Median county household income in 2013: $75,604
- Median county household income in 2017: $96,265 (Five-year percent change: 27.33%)
- California median income in 2017: $67,169
- Total county households in 2017: 358,772 (Five-year percent change: 3.89%; State total: 12,888,128)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 48.7% (Five-year percent change: 23.6%; State total: 33.2%)

 

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Colorado: Denver County

- Median county household income in 2013: $50,313
- Median county household income in 2017: $60,098 (Five-year percent change: 19.45%)
- Colorado median income in 2017: $65,458
- Total county households in 2017: 287,262 (Five-year percent change: 7.97%; State total: 2,082,531)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 28.7% (Five-year percent change: 28.7%; State total: 30.3%)

 

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Connecticut: Fairfield County

- Median county household income in 2013: $82,283
- Median county household income in 2017: $89,773 (Five-year percent change: 9.10%)
- Connecticut median income in 2017: $73,781
- Total county households in 2017: 337,678 (Five-year percent change: 1.51%; State total: 1,361,755)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 45.5% (Five-year percent change: 8.08%; State total: 36.7%)

 

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Delaware: Sussex County

- Median county household income in 2013: $52,710
- Median county household income in 2017: $57,901 (Five-year percent change: 9.85%)
- Delaware median income in 2017: $63,036
- Total county households in 2017: 86,322 (Five-year percent change: 12.92%; State total: 352,357)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 23.2% (Five-year percent change: 20.83%; State total: 28%)

 

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Florida: Baker County

- Median county household income in 2013: $49,236
- Median county household income in 2017: $59,506 (Five-year percent change: 20.86%)
- Florida median income in 2017: $50,883
- Total county households in 2017: 8,299 (Five-year percent change: 1.01%; State total: 7,510,882)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 21.3% (Five-year percent change: 42.95%; State total: 20.9%)

 

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Georgia: Grady County

- Median county household income in 2013: $30,571
- Median county household income in 2017: $39,462 (Five-year percent change: 29.08%)
- Georgia median income in 2017: $52,977
- Total county households in 2017: 9,092 (Five-year percent change: -2.13%; State total: 3,663,104)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 13.6% (Five-year percent change: 72.15%; State total: 22.9%)

 

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Hawaii: Kauai County

- Median county household income in 2013: $62,052
- Median county household income in 2017: $72,330 (Five-year percent change: 16.56%)
- Hawaii median income in 2017: $74,923
- Total county households in 2017: 22,563 (Five-year percent change: 0.77%; State total: 455,502)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 33.8% (Five-year percent change: 33.07%; State total: 35.8%)

 

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Idaho: Jerome County

- Median county household income in 2013: $40,126
- Median county household income in 2017: $46,421 (Five-year percent change: 15.69%)
- Idaho median income in 2017: $50,985
- Total county households in 2017: 7,741 (Five-year percent change: 0.85%; State total: 609,124)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 14.6% (Five-year percent change: 58.7%; State total: 18.8%)

 

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Illinois: Logan County

- Median county household income in 2013: $47,133
- Median county household income in 2017: $58,271 (Five-year percent change: 23.63%)
- Illinois median income in 2017: $61,229
- Total county households in 2017: 11,011 (Five-year percent change: 0.44%; State total: 4,818,452)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 20.1% (Five-year percent change: 30.52%; State total: 28.4%)

 

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Indiana: Pike County

- Median county household income in 2013: $40,680
- Median county household income in 2017: $50,196 (Five-year percent change: 23.39%)
- Indiana median income in 2017: $52,182
- Total county households in 2017: 5,096 (Five-year percent change: -1.03%; State total: 2,537,189)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 18% (Five-year percent change: 68.22%; State total: 20%)

 

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Iowa: Hamilton County

- Median county household income in 2013: $43,589
- Median county household income in 2017: $55,836 (Five-year percent change: 28.1%)
- Iowa median income in 2017: $56,570
- Total county households in 2017: 6,367 (Five-year percent change: -0.44%; State total: 1,251,587)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 18% (Five-year percent change: 60.71%; State total: 22.2%)

 

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Kansas: Ellis County

- Median county household income in 2013: $43,085
- Median county household income in 2017: $49,562 (Five-year percent change: 15.03%)
- Kansas median income in 2017: $55,477
- Total county households in 2017: 11,647 (Five-year percent change: -1.5%; State total: 1,121,943)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 19.4% (Five-year percent change: 39.57%; State total: 22.8%)

 

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Kentucky: Fleming County

- Median county household income in 2013: $32,495
- Median county household income in 2017: $41,095 (Five-year percent change: 26.47%)
- Kentucky median income in 2017: $46,535
- Total county households in 2017: 5,849 (Five-year percent change: 5.6%; State total: 1,724,514)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 11.6% (Five-year percent change: 14.85%; State total: 17.9%)

 

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Louisiana: West Baton Rouge Parish

- Median county household income in 2013: $50,926
- Median county household income in 2017: $60,902 (Five-year percent change: 19.59%)
- Louisiana median income in 2017: $46,710
- Total county households in 2017: 9,436 (Five-year percent change: 6.98%; State total: 1,737,645)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 30.2% (Five-year percent change: 36.04%; State total: 20.4%)

 

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Maine: Waldo County

- Median county household income in 2013: $42,221
- Median county household income in 2017: $50,162 (Five-year percent change: 18.81%)
- Maine median income in 2017: $53,024
- Total county households in 2017: 16,954 (Five-year percent change: 3.08%; State total: 554,061)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 16.3% (Five-year percent change: 41.74%; State total: 20.6%)

 

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Maryland: Baltimore County

- Median county household income in 2013: $41,385
- Median county household income in 2017: $46,641 (Five-year percent change: 12.7%)
- Maryland median income in 2017: $78,916
- Total county households in 2017: 239,791 (Five-year percent change: -0.69%; State total: 2,181,093)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 20% (Five-year percent change: 25.79%; State total: 39.1%)

 

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Massachusetts: Suffolk County

- Median county household income in 2013: $53,540
- Median county household income in 2017: $61,242 (Five-year percent change: 14.39%)
- Massachusetts median income in 2017: $74,167
- Total county households in 2017: 303,676 (Five-year percent change: 5.36%; State total: 2,585,715)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 32% (Five-year percent change: 24.03%; State total: 37.3%)

 

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Michigan: Isabella County

- Median county household income in 2013: $36,372
- Median county household income in 2017: $42,771 (Five-year percent change: 17.59%)
- Michigan median income in 2017: $52,668
- Total county households in 2017: 24,898 (Five-year percent change: 0.33%; State total: 3,888,646)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 15.5% (Five-year percent change: 35.96%; State total: 21.9%)

 

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Minnesota: Wadena County

- Median county household income in 2013: $36,928
- Median county household income in 2017: $45,018 (Five-year percent change: 21.91%)
- Minnesota median income in 2017: $65,699
- Total county households in 2017: 5,704 (Five-year percent change: -2.16%; State total: 2,153,202)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 13.1% (Five-year percent change: 55.95%; State total: 29.7%)

 

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Mississippi: Oktibbeha County

- Median county household income in 2013: $30,987
- Median county household income in 2017: $37,348 (Five-year percent change: 20.53%)
- Mississippi median income in 2017: $42,009
- Total county households in 2017: 17,393 (Five-year percent change: -4.31%; State total: 1,103,514)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 17.4% (Five-year percent change: 31.82%; State total: 15.1%)

 

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Missouri: Gasconade County

- Median county household income in 2013: $41,392
- Median county household income in 2017: $50,687 (Five-year percent change: 22.46%)
- Missouri median income in 2017: $51,542
- Total county households in 2017: 6,135 (Five-year percent change: -0.54%; State total: 2,386,203)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 16% (Five-year percent change: 56.86%; State total: 20.5%)

 

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Montana: Ravalli County

- Median county household income in 2013: $38,688
- Median county household income in 2017: $44,733 (Five-year percent change: 15.63%)
- Montana median income in 2017: $50,801
- Total county households in 2017: 16,936 (Five-year percent change: 0.52%; State total: 419,975)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 15.3% (Five-year percent change: 26.45%; State total: 19.6%)

 

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Nebraska: York County

- Median county household income in 2013: $49,633
- Median county household income in 2017: $59,966 (Five-year percent change: 20.82%)
- Nebraska median income in 2017: $56,675
- Total county households in 2017: 5,623 (Five-year percent change: 2.22%; State total: 748,405)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 19.6% (Five-year percent change: 20.25%; State total: 22.9%)

 

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Nevada: Humboldt County

- Median county household income in 2013: $59,472
- Median county household income in 2017: $69,324 (Five-year percent change: 16.57%)
- Nevada median income in 2017: $55,434
- Total county households in 2017: 6,261 (Five-year percent change: -0.84%; State total: 1,052,249)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 29.9% (Five-year percent change: 19.12%; State total: 22.3%)

 

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New Hampshire: Strafford County

- Median county household income in 2013: $58,825
- Median county household income in 2017: $67,805 (Five-year percent change: 15.27%)
- New Hampshire median income in 2017: $71,305
- Total county households in 2017: 48,543 (Five-year percent change: 3.35%; State total: 526,710)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 29.6% (Five-year percent change: 22.31%; State total: 33.3%)

 

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New Jersey: Cape May County

- Median county household income in 2013: $56,494
- Median county household income in 2017: $62,332 (Five-year percent change: 10.33%)
- New Jersey median income in 2017: $76,475
- Total county households in 2017: 39,861 (Five-year percent change: -5.79%; State total: 3,199,111)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 28.5% (Five-year percent change: 14.46%; State total: 38.6%)

 

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New Mexico: Eddy County

- Median county household income in 2013: $49,165
- Median county household income in 2017: $60,703 (Five-year percent change: 23.47%)
- New Mexico median income in 2017: $46,718
- Total county households in 2017: 21,273 (Five-year percent change: 7.08%; State total: 770,435)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 23.9% (Five-year percent change: 12.21%; State total: 18.8%)

 

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New York: Essex County

- Median county household income in 2013: $47,380
- Median county household income in 2017: $55,294 (Five-year percent change: 16.7%)
- New York median income in 2017: $62,765
- Total county households in 2017: 15,257 (Five-year percent change: -4.16%; State total: 7,302,710)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 20.1% (Five-year percent change: 24.07%; State total: 31.1%)

 

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North Carolina: Jackson County

- Median county household income in 2013: $36,951
- Median county household income in 2017: $45,078 (Five-year percent change: 21.99%)
- North Carolina median income in 2017: $50,320
- Total county households in 2017: 16,218 (Five-year percent change: 3.9%; State total: 3,874,346)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 13.4% (Five-year percent change: 34%; State total: 20.4%)

 

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North Dakota: Stark County

- Median county household income in 2013: $62,559
- Median county household income in 2017: $77,328 (Five-year percent change: 23.61%)
- North Dakota median income in 2017: $61,285
- Total county households in 2017: 11,962 (Five-year percent change: 14.59%; State total: 311,525)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 36.5% (Five-year percent change: 37.74%; State total: 26.3%)

 

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Ohio: Holmes County

- Median county household income in 2013: $45,477
- Median county household income in 2017: $58,728 (Five-year percent change: 29.14%)
- Ohio median income in 2017: $52,407
- Total county households in 2017: 12,520 (Five-year percent change: 0.43%; State total: 4,633,145)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 19.8% (Five-year percent change: 66.39%; State total: 21.4%)

 

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Oklahoma: Marshall County

- Median county household income in 2013: $37,319
- Median county household income in 2017: $45,671 (Five-year percent change: 22.38%)
- Oklahoma median income in 2017: $49,767
- Total county households in 2017: 6,241 (Five-year percent change: 4.54%; State total: 1,468,971)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 11.3% (Five-year percent change: 5.61%; State total: 19.1%)

 

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Oregon: Deschutes County

- Median county household income in 2013: $50,209
- Median county household income in 2017: $59,152 (Five-year percent change: 17.81%)
- Oregon median income in 2017: $56,119
- Total county households in 2017: 69,631 (Five-year percent change: 7.84%; State total: 1,571,631)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 23.5% (Five-year percent change: 25.67%; State total: 23.8%)

 

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Pennsylvania: Snyder County

- Median county household income in 2013: $46,513
- Median county household income in 2017: $54,182 (Five-year percent change: 16.49%)
- Pennsylvania median income in 2017: $56,951
- Total county households in 2017: 14,576 (Five-year percent change: 1.24%; State total: 5,007,442)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 17.6% (Five-year percent change: 29.41%; State total: 24.9%)

 

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Rhode Island: Kent County

- Median county household income in 2013: $62,279
- Median county household income in 2017: $69,047 (Five-year percent change: 10.87%)
- Rhode Island median income in 2017: $61,043
- Total county households in 2017: 69,013 (Five-year percent change: 0.19%; State total: 412,028)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 31.9% (Five-year percent change: 21.29%; State total: 28.4%)

 

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South Carolina: Chesterfield County

- Median county household income in 2013: $31,252
- Median county household income in 2017: $38,469 (Five-year percent change: 23.09%)
- South Carolina median income in 2017: $48,781
- Total county households in 2017: 18,303 (Five-year percent change: 3.86%; State total: 1,871,307)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 8.7% (Five-year percent change: -1.14%; State total: 19%)

 

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South Dakota: Beadle County

- Median county household income in 2013: $42,196
- Median county household income in 2017: $48,995 (Five-year percent change: 16.11%)
- South Dakota median income in 2017: $54,126
- Total county households in 2017: 7,651 (Five-year percent change: 4.19%; State total: 339,458)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 16.2% (Five-year percent change: 50%; State total: 20%)

 

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Tennessee: Sequatchie County

- Median county household income in 2013: $36,434
- Median county household income in 2017: $51,312 (Five-year percent change: 40.84%)
- Tennessee median income in 2017: $48,708
- Total county households in 2017: 5,505 (Five-year percent change: -1.98%; State total: 2,547,194)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 13.4% (Five-year percent change: 26.42%; State total: 19%)

 

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Texas: Robertson County

- Median county household income in 2013: $40,601
- Median county household income in 2017: $52,189 (Five-year percent change: 28.54%)
- Texas median income in 2017: $57,051
- Total county households in 2017: 6,298 (Five-year percent change: 7.64%; State total: 9,430,419)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 17.9% (Five-year percent change: 25.17%; State total: 26%)

 

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Utah: Wasatch County

- Median county household income in 2013: $65,050
- Median county household income in 2017: $74,552 (Five-year percent change: 14.61%)
- Utah median income in 2017: $65,325
- Total county households in 2017: 9,040 (Five-year percent change: 18.92%; State total: 938,365)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 33.5% (Five-year percent change: 27.86%; State total: 27.4%)

 

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Vermont: Franklin County

- Median county household income in 2013: $56,240
- Median county household income in 2017: $62,214 (Five-year percent change: 10.62%)
- Vermont median income in 2017: $57,808
- Total county households in 2017: 18,649 (Five-year percent change: 0.18%; State total: 258,535)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 25.1% (Five-year percent change: 24.26%; State total: 23.6%)

 

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Virginia: Carroll County

- Median county household income in 2013: $32,853
- Median county household income in 2017: $41,145 (Five-year percent change: 25.24%)
- Virginia median income in 2017: $68,766
- Total county households in 2017: 12,517 (Five-year percent change: -0.44%; State total: 3,105,636)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 10.5% (Five-year percent change: 34.62%; State total: 33.4%)

 

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Washington: Kittitas County

- Median county household income in 2013: $42,982
- Median county household income in 2017: $53,163 (Five-year percent change: 23.69%)
- Washington median income in 2017: $66,174
- Total county households in 2017: 17,648 (Five-year percent change: 6.71%; State total: 2,755,697)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 18.8% (Five-year percent change: 22.08%; State total: 30.8%)

 

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West Virginia: Roane County

- Median county household income in 2013: $28,513
- Median county household income in 2017: $37,931 (Five-year percent change: 33.03%)
- West Virginia median income in 2017: $44,061
- Total county households in 2017: 5,815 (Five-year percent change: -2.68%; State total: 737,671)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 12.3% (Five-year percent change: 73.24%; State total: 15.8%)

 

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Wisconsin: Burnett County

- Median county household income in 2013: $39,564
- Median county household income in 2017: $45,891 (Five-year percent change: 15.99%)
- Wisconsin median income in 2017: $56,759
- Total county households in 2017: 7,284 (Five-year percent change: -0.95%; State total: 2,328,754)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 11.8% (Five-year percent change: 35.63%; State total: 22.9%)

 

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Wyoming: Teton County

- Median county household income in 2013: $68,078
- Median county household income in 2017: $80,049 (Five-year percent change: 17.58%)
- Wyoming median income in 2017: $60,938
- Total county households in 2017: 8,795 (Five-year percent change: 15.98%; State total: 230,237)
- County households making $100k or more in 2017: 41.2% (Five-year percent change: 29.56%; State total: 25.7%)

 

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