Talk:List of U.S. states by income

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Data Is Incorrect!!![edit]

The household income for North Carolina is completely out of line with any other source I've seen, including the sources referenced just above the table. For more reasonable statistics, see the following Wikipedia page:

I'd also move that the 'politics' section is, by nature, incorrect. States change political affiliation over time. Some 'blue' states have a republican majority in the state legislature, or a republican governor, and the reverse is true of the 'red' states. Further, a state's political leaning HAS NO RELEVANCE on this page. It is a page about the relative income of U.S. States. Including the supposed political affiliation of the states hints at some kind of ulterior motive, probably to make a political point, and undermines the very nature of what Wikipedia is all about. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Eper1709 (talkcontribs) 00:09, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

I agree about removing the politics section. Whether or not it is correct, it is certainly irrelevant.Mpgviolist (talk) 02:26, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Made up information?[edit]

The per capita incomes are much lower than the numbers given in the state per capita income articles (at least for California and Georgia, although all of them seem low). Furthermore, the average (the national per capita income, is in the forty thousands, according to these sites: and (which references the CIA world factbook). -- Mitth'raw'nuruodo.

- Maybe those sources quote average worker income rather than per capita income(averaged over the whole population, including children, retiried, unemployed, house-keeping spouse). 15:07, 12 July 2007 (UTC)GraL
Per capita income is not in $40k range - what you cited above is GDP per capita, which has little to do with how much income there is per person. GDP per capita is the amount of formal economic activity that takes place per person, not how much money people have to spent on themselves. But just to confuse people, the term national per capita income can is used, even though it has nothing to do with how much people make.
Per capita income, as refered to in this article, is the amount of income per person, including children, retirees. It is not to be confused with household or personal income. According to 2007 Census Bureau data:
  • The average American worker, age 25+, makes $33,000/yr
  • The average American household makes $48,000/yr
  • The amount of income the average household has per member (household per capita income) is $25,000/yr
Per capita income is not a person's salary nor is it a person's household income. It either expresses how much money a household can, on average, allocate to its members or how much money there is in a community per person (per capita). In order to determine your household's per capita income you would take your total gross annual household income and divided by the number of people in your household.
Example: If you make $100k/yr and have 4 people in your household, your per capita household income is $25k/yr (100/4=25).
Regards, Signaturebrendel 18:34, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Update yearly[edit]

With the advancement of yearly statistics from the Census Bureau, I advise a yearly update of this data. If there are no objections, I will update this page this week. shadeyoj

     Is it possible to make the historical data easy to access on this page too?  — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:49, 18 December 2012 (UTC) 

Difference between personal per capita income and per capita income[edit]

What's the difference between per capita income and personal per capita income, can someone please enlighten me? 23:15, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

I posted the same question at WP:RD/H, and no one could answer there, either. Here's the full question:
The article States of the United States of America by income has separate lists for "States ranked by personal per capita income" and "States ranked by per capita income". But personal per capita income redirects to per capita income, and that article doesn't mention the term. What's the difference?
I assume that it's the same, and the difference is just the year. There are better tables out there, such as Seeing that the States ranked by personal per capita income section isn't even reference, it seems the best for now to delete that section and refer to a good list instead. If someone wants to recreate the list from a reliable source, that would be the best solution. — Sebastian 18:27, 28 November 2009 (UTC)


Where is this data coming from? Someone needs to provide a source other than just "2000 Census." If you go to the 2000 Census page on income,, there is no option for "per capita" income, only household and family income. Please provide a source for the information stated on this page. Poldy Bloom 20:31, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

I have added a source for the per capita income in 1999: However, more sources are needed for this article, as is more context on what these data mean. Poldy Bloom 20:43, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

States ranked by number of places with per capita incomes above national average[edit]

Forgive me but... What does this mean? There are no references or sources.

If nobody can explain what this means then shouldn't someone delete it??? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:08, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

A mess[edit]

This page is a complete mess. It should be deleted if no one can clean it up.