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Richest and poorest states in America

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Richest and poorest states in America

In 2016, the median household income in the United States finally approached the levels it was at prior to the economic crash in 2007. Although it took close to a decade, a steady rise in the last few years brought the median household income up to $59,039. This stability may be why Gallup reports fewer Americans are focused on economic issues. In a poll asking Americans what the most important problem facing the country today is, only 20% answered “economic problems” in January 2018—far less than the 86% reported in 2009.

That said, reduced focus on the economy doesn’t negate economic problems altogether. While unemployment falls and median household income rises, digging deeper shows a level of inequality at the national level. Between 2015 and 2016, the mean household income rose 6.9% for the top 5%; for the bottom fifth of Americans, income rose only 3.9%. The faster rates of increase for the top earners in America continues to widen an income gap that shows no signs of slowing.

Similarly, U.S. states report varying levels of median household income. There is more than a $35,000 difference between the state with the highest median household income and that with the lowest. Additionally, 32 states report median household incomes lower than the national average.

To examine this further, Stacker used data from the 2016 American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau to report on each state's individual economy. States are ranked by their median household income in increasing order. Also included on the slides is the unemployment rate of the state's labor force, and the total population, estimated as of 2017. Washington D.C. is also included on this list.

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#52. Puerto Rico

Median household income: $19,606
Total population: 3,337,177
Civilian employed population 16 years and over: 1,055,106
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 17.7%

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#51. Mississippi

Median household income: $40,528
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 9.6%
Total population: 2,984,100

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#50. Arkansas

Median household income: $42,336
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.9%
Total population: 3,004,279

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#49. West Virginia

Median household income: $42,644
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.5%
Total population: 1,815,857

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#48. Alabama

Median household income: $44,758
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.3%
Total population: 4,874,747

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#47. Kentucky

Median household income: $44,811
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.6%
Total population: 4,454,189

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#46. Louisiana

Median household income: $45,652
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.7%
Total population: 4,684,333

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#45. New Mexico

Median household income: $45,674
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.5%
Total population: 2,088,070

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#44. Tennessee

Median household income: $46,574
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.5%
Total population: 6,715,984

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#43. South Carolina

Median household income: $46,898
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.4%
Total population: 5,024,369

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#42. Oklahoma

Median household income: $48,038
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.0%
Total population: 3,930,864

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#41. North Carolina

Median household income: $48,256
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.3%
Total population: 10,273,419

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#40. Montana

Median household income: $48,380
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 5.6%
Total population: 1,050,493

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#39. Florida

Median household income: $48,900
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.4%
Total population: 20,984,400

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#38. Idaho

Median household income: $49,174
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.2%
Total population: 1,716,943

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#37. Missouri

Median household income: $49,593
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.6%
Total population: 6,113,532

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#36. Indiana

Median household income: $50,433
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.9%
Total population: 6,666,818

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#35. Ohio

Median household income: $50,674
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.2%
Total population: 11,658,609

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#34. Michigan

Median household income: $50,803
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.5%
Total population: 9,962,311

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#33. Maine

Median household income: $50,826
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.0%
Total population: 1,335,907

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#32. Georgia

Median household income: $51,037
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.5%
Total population: 10,429,379

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#31. Arizona

Median household income: $51,340
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.0%
Total population: 7,016,270

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#30. South Dakota

Median household income: $52,078
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 4.1%
Total population: 869,666

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#29. Nevada

Median household income: $53,094
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 9.3%
Total population: 2,998,039

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#28. Oregon

Median household income: $53,270
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.1%
Total population: 4,142,776

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#27. Kansas

Median household income: $53,571
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 5.3%
Total population: 2,913,123

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#26. Nebraska

Median household income: $54,384
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 4.2%
Total population: 1,920,076

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#25. Iowa

Median household income: $54,570
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 4.5%
Total population: 3,145,711

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#24. Wisconsin

Median household income: $54,610
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 5.5%
Total population: 5,795,483

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#23. Texas

Median household income: $54,727
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.4%
Total population: 28,304,596

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#22. Pennsylvania

Median household income: $54,895
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.2%
Total population: 12,805,537

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#21. Vermont

Median household income: $56,104
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 5.0%
Total population: 623,657

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#20. Rhode Island

Median household income: $58,387
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.7%
Total population: 1,059,639

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#19. North Dakota

Median household income: $59,114
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 2.8%
Total population: 755,393

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#18. Wyoming

Median household income: $59,143
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 4.9%
Total population: 579,315

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#17. Illinois

Median household income: $59,196
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.2%
Total population: 12,802,023

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#16. New York

Median household income: $60,741
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.5%
Total population: 19,849,399

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#15. Delaware

Median household income: $61,017
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.1%
Total population: 961,939

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#14. Utah

Median household income: $62,518
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 5.1%
Total population: 3,101,833

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#13. Colorado

Median household income: $62,520
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.0%
Total population: 5,607,154

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#12. Washington

Median household income: $62,848
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.8%
Total population: 7,405,743

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#11. Minnesota

Median household income: $63,217
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 4.8%
Total population: 5,576,606

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#10. California

Median household income: $63,783
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.7%
Total population: 39,536,653

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#9. Virginia

Median household income: $66,149
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 5.9%
Total population: 8,470,020

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#8. New Hampshire

Median household income: $68,485
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 5.1%
Total population: 1,342,795

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#7. Massachusetts

Median household income: $70,954
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.8%
Total population: 6,859,819

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#6. Connecticut

Median household income: $71,755
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.0%
Total population: 3,588,184

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#5. Hawaii

Median household income: $71,977
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 5.5%
Total population: 1,427,538

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#4. District of Columbia

Median household income: $72,935
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 8.7%
Total population: 693,972

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#3. New Jersey

Median household income: $73,702
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.9%
Total population: 9,005,644

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#2. Alaska

Median household income: $74,444
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 7.8%
Total population: 739,795

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#1. Maryland

Median household income: $76,067
Unemployment rate of civilian labor force: 6.7%
Total population: 6,052,177

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