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Top 10 Richest U.S States

Can you name 10 richest states in the U.S.A., based on median household income?
For the year 2016, according to the American Community Survey
Last updated: January 21, 2018
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State
78,945
Maryland
76,440
Alaska
76,126
New Jersey
75,297
Massachusetts
74,511
Hawaii
73,433
Connecticut
70,936
New Hampshire
68,114
Virginia
67,739
California
67,106
Washington
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level 71
Sep 11, 2016
Last I heard, North Dakota's income had gone through the roof because of gas drilling. Puzzled to see that missing.
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level 73
Nov 10, 2016
Yes quiz definitely needs to be updated.
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level 65
Nov 10, 2016
Perhaps, but resource extraction often has little to do with typical household incomes (witness Equatorial Guinea).
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level 51
Nov 10, 2016
Yeah, but there are so few people that live in North Dakota that the portion involved with the oil trade is significant enough that i guessed it too, got all except Minnesota
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level 48
Nov 25, 2016
its for 2014
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level 36
Jan 12, 2018
not only that, but it has tons of jobs...
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level 42
Apr 10, 2018
North Dakota household income has only gone up to $60,000, as of 2016. This list bottoms out at $67,000. And it only "exploded" from $50k in 2005. So the hype may be overblown. What you MAY have remembered hearing is that the COST OF LIVING and HOUSING values and costs have EXPLODED, because of demand. Home values have gone up 60 percent in ten years according to one source--which is since the 2006-7 national housing bust. According to the same source, job growth in North Dakota has been NEGATIVE, recently.
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level 69
Sep 11, 2016
Can confirm that NJ is way too expensive.
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level 52
Jan 24, 2018
And California.
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level 54
Oct 13, 2016
Just had a crazy glitch, I scored 8, my high score says 7, and Maryland is green but says 0% fo my high score. I was typing it just as time ran out.....weird
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level ∞
Oct 14, 2016
Bug in the matrix!
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level 75
Apr 9, 2018
Love the username, alburquirky. :-)
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level 68
Nov 10, 2016
I always thought Rhode Island was super rich for some reason
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level 57
Nov 10, 2016
You're probably thinking of Newport Beach, RI. There are a lot of beautiful (and impossibly expensive) mansions on the waterfront. I don't think most of them are full-time homes to in-state residents though. New England is small enough that I suspect a lot of wealthy people from CT and MA own those homes. I haven't spent a ton of time in Rhode Island, but it seems middle-of-the-road as far income is concerned.
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level 42
Apr 10, 2018
Actually, Rhode Island has had a moderately lousy economy in the last 30 years or so. It's a victim of the bust in the textile factory economy of the old days. But it muddles through, due to seaside tourism.
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level 59
Jul 15, 2018
It's mostly Providence's urban area, pretty nondescript working class.
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level 66
Nov 10, 2016
I can't imagine where all that income in Alaska comes from?
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level 68
Nov 10, 2016
Exporting ice to the south
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level 74
Nov 10, 2016
energy
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level 66
Nov 10, 2016
A thousand bucks per year per resident from the state's oil dividend doesn't hurt.
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level 73
Jan 29, 2018
Resource extraction (petroleum, wood, shellfish/fish and mining) and tourism/hospitality. It can be expensive to live in the north (in both the USA and Canada), and there's often a shortage of workers, so wages are high.
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level 42
Apr 10, 2018
It's EXPENSIVE to live in Alaska unless you can live off the land; for one thing you can't get ANYWHERE without FLYING, sometimes in a PRIVATE plane, sometimes that private plane is your OWN plane. So businesses and even the state have to PAY people to live there, otherwise they'd have no workers.
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level 74
Nov 10, 2016
I got all of them, but, I am truly stunned to see Maryland at #1. How!!?? So many lower-income people living in the northern Washington DC suburbs and all over Baltimore. I was also a little surprised to see my home state of Virginia, even though I know Northern Virginia is one of the wealthiest places in the country I thought the southern 4/5ths of the state would drag it down. But I guess the population disparity between these areas kept the median up. The rest are fairly obvious, though I would have expected Maine, Vermont, and maybe some other places not on the list to be above New Jersey.
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level 75
Nov 10, 2016
Northern Virginia and Central Maryland are two of the wealthiest areas of the nation due to all the federal employees living there, just as people work in NYC but live in New Jersey and Connecticut, which is why they make the cut but New York doesn't. Vermont has Hemmings Motor News and Maine has L. L. Bean and the Portland Sea Dogs but otherwise not much else, so their absence isn't surprising.
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level 70
Nov 10, 2016
Keep in mind, there are A LOT of people working in NYC (making tons of cash) and living in Jersey.
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level 47
Nov 10, 2016
And Connecticut
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level ∞
Nov 10, 2016
My guess is that a large percentage of people have relatively high-paying jobs working for the federal government or government contractors.
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level 74
Nov 10, 2016
I know there are some I just thought the large majority lived on the other side of the Potomac, and also that they would be vastly outnumbered by the low-income populations of the areas I mentioned.
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level 49
Nov 13, 2016
I live in Maryland and as a member of the "working poor" class of people, I too was amazed when I heard this. Sure ive heard that their are really rich people down by DC but everyone I've met or know is at most middle class.
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level 42
Apr 10, 2018
Maryland is one of the most EDUCATED states in the country--so, NOT surprising it's one of the highest paid. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/slideshows/10-most-educated-states?slide=5 Wanna know what occupation is the most overrepresented in Maryland, compared to national population? Healthcare. A highly paid profession. http://www.businessinsider.com/disproportionately-popular-job-in-every-state-map-2017-4
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level 44
Nov 10, 2016
Got Minnesota with 4 seconds left! :D
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level 31
Apr 1, 2017
Okay, I lived in California and I guess I believe it a little. Though, it's probably from all the industry in Southern California. Now I've lived in Minnesota and seeing that state right below California surprised me greatly. :D
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level 66
Sep 26, 2017
Think you know where the States of USA are? ….. try my "Walk the coast of USA quiz"…… here it is
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level 67
Jan 24, 2018
Interesting quiz. Tough for us non Americans mind.
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level 60
Jan 30, 2018
There has to be some way to spell Massachublah easier. I missed it again because of misspelling.
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level 60
Jan 30, 2018
Californian and Hawaiian people may get paid better for instance, but when your housing and other cost of living is through the roof...If you have to pay double for the same house as in Tennessee, or if your gas is $1 more a gallon, or if you need to make $130,000 to get by....is your state really one of the richest states?
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level 23
Jan 30, 2018
Just try guessing all blue states. Only one I didn't guess was Alaska.
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level 51
Feb 2, 2018
It would be interesting to see a list of highest wages in relation to cost of living.
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level 74
Apr 9, 2018
I found one site which adjusted state incomes for taxes and price levels, - basically in which states will $100 buy the most, - and they were, in order, Mississippi with $115.21, followed by South Dakota, Alabama, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, and a tie between Nebraska and South Carolina for tenth place at $110.50. At the bottom was Washington D.C. with $84.96 followed by Hawaii, New York, California, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Washington ($96.90), all of which with the exception of New York, made the list for richest states. Some of it depends on which statistics you use and how you get the figures, but it still makes an interesting comparison. http://www.aei.org/publication/adjusting-state-incomes-for-taxes-and-price-levels-may-change-our-perceptions-of-which-us-states-are-poor-or-rich/ (I have no idea about the accuracy of this, it's just something I found online.)
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level 37
Apr 9, 2018
Where is Chicago
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level 75
Apr 9, 2018
It's in the state of Illinois.
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level 47
Apr 9, 2018
No surprise that all these are either on the West Coast or in the Northeast.
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level 66
Apr 9, 2018
Hm, someone should make a quiz like this for the counties of England. Tell you what, I'll do it.
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level 66
Aug 2, 2018
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level 59
Apr 9, 2018
I feel like Bezos and Gates single-handedly bring up Washington's.
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level 74
Apr 10, 2018
Then you don't understand what median means.
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level 57
Apr 9, 2018
Got Alaska and Hawaii with one second left for 100%! YES SIR!
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level 47
Apr 16, 2018
Guessed Maryland right away and wasn't surprised it was number one. Also not at all surprised with the New England states or Hawaii, but never would've guessed Alaska...interesting.
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level 59
Jul 15, 2018
The most obvious was the least guessed? Alaska's famously expensive. Not that any of this "richest" does any good when house prices in these states are enough to bankrupt a family.
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level 39
Aug 12, 2018
first thing I typed was Nevada thinking of Las Vegas... I really need to take a lesson on Economics
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level 55
Nov 5, 2018
I live in Washington and the houses are SOOOOOO expensive!