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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.

  • #52. Puerto Rico
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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%

  • #51. Mississippi
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    #51. Mississippi

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

  • #50. Arkansas
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    #50. Arkansas

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

  • #49. West Virginia
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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

  • #48. Alabama
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    #48. Alabama

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

  • #47. Kentucky
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    #47. Kentucky

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

  • #46. Louisiana
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    #46. Louisiana

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

  • #45. New Mexico
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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

  • #44. Tennessee
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    #44. Tennessee

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

  • #43. South Carolina
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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

  • #42. Oklahoma
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    #42. Oklahoma

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

  • #41. North Carolina
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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

  • #40. Montana
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    #40. Montana

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

  • #39. Florida
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    #39. Florida

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

  • #38. Idaho
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    #38. Idaho

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

  • #37. Missouri
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    #37. Missouri

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

  • #36. Indiana
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    #36. Indiana

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

  • #35. Ohio
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    #35. Ohio

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

  • #34. Michigan
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    #34. Michigan

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

  • #33. Maine
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    #33. Maine

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

  • #32. Georgia
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    #32. Georgia

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

  • #31. Arizona
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    #31. Arizona

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

  • #30. South Dakota
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    #30. South Dakota

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

  • #29. Nevada
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    #29. Nevada

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

  • #28. Oregon
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    #28. Oregon

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

  • #27. Kansas
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    #27. Kansas

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

  • #26. Nebraska
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    #26. Nebraska

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

  • #25. Iowa
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    #25. Iowa

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

  • #24. Wisconsin
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    #24. Wisconsin

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

  • #23. Texas
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    #23. Texas

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

  • #22. Pennsylvania
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    #22. Pennsylvania

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

  • #21. Vermont
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    #21. Vermont

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

  • #20. Rhode Island
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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

  • #19. North Dakota
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    #19. North Dakota

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

  • #18. Wyoming
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    #18. Wyoming

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

  • #17. Illinois
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    #17. Illinois

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

  • #16. New York
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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

  • #15. Delaware
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    #15. Delaware

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

  • #14. Utah
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    #14. Utah

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

  • #13. Colorado
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    #13. Colorado

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

  • #12. Washington
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    #12. Washington

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

  • #11. Minnesota
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    #11. Minnesota

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

  • #10. California
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    #10. California

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

  • #9. Virginia
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    #9. Virginia

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

  • #8. New Hampshire
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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

  • #7. Massachusetts
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    #7. Massachusetts

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

  • #6. Connecticut
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    #6. Connecticut

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

  • #5. Hawaii
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    #5. Hawaii

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

  • #4. District of Columbia
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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

  • #3. New Jersey
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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

  • #2. Alaska
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    #2. Alaska

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

  • #1. Maryland
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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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