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Top 10 Richest U.S. States by Median Income

Can you name the 10 richest states in the USA, based on median household income?
For the year 2018, according to the U.S. Census
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Last updated: September 26, 2019
First submittedJune 27, 2016
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State
83,242
Maryland
81,740
New Jersey
80,212
Hawaii
79,835
Massachusetts
76,348
Connecticut
75,277
California
74,991
New Hampshire
74,346
Alaska
74,073
Washington
72,577
Virginia
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level 72
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 77
Nov 10, 2016
Yes quiz definitely needs to be updated.
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level 67
Nov 10, 2016
Perhaps, but resource extraction often has little to do with typical household incomes (witness Equatorial Guinea).
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level ∞
Sep 26, 2019
North Dakota ranks #18 for 2018.
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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 52
Nov 25, 2016
its for 2014
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level 43
Jan 12, 2018
not only that, but it has tons of jobs...
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level 43
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 46
Nov 4, 2019
Don't forget Median and Average income is not the same. There could be a few rich holding all the money, making the average seem high, while the median is low.
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level 71
Sep 11, 2016
Can confirm that NJ is way too expensive.
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level 51
Jan 24, 2018
And California.
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level 55
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 80
Apr 9, 2018
Love the username, alburquirky. :-)
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level 69
Nov 10, 2016
I always thought Rhode Island was super rich for some reason
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level 61
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 70
Mar 5, 2019
It's just Newport, RI. Newport Beach is in California.
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level 43
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 73
Jul 15, 2018
It's mostly Providence's urban area, pretty nondescript working class.
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level 67
Nov 10, 2016
I can't imagine where all that income in Alaska comes from?
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level 69
Nov 10, 2016
Exporting ice to the south
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level 77
Nov 10, 2016
energy
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level 57
Nov 4, 2019
All the people who weren't earning enough money there moved away.
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level 68
Nov 10, 2016
A thousand bucks per year per resident from the state's oil dividend doesn't hurt.
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level 75
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 43
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 77
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 78
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 71
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 77
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 43
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 47
Nov 4, 2019
I live in Southern VA and thought the same. Northern VA has a bustling economy because it's so close to DC, but the Southern portion of VA is dirt poor.
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level 44
Nov 10, 2016
Got Minnesota with 4 seconds left! :D
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level 35
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 67
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 61
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 53
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 37
Apr 9, 2018
Where is Chicago
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level 80
Apr 9, 2018
It's in the state of Illinois.
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level 57
Apr 9, 2018
No surprise that all these are either on the West Coast or in the Northeast.
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level 71
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 71
Aug 2, 2018
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level 60
Apr 9, 2018
I feel like Bezos and Gates single-handedly bring up Washington's.
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level 77
Apr 10, 2018
Then you don't understand what median means.
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level 60
Aug 26, 2019
Good point. My knowledge of measures of central tendency are lacking.
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level 63
Apr 9, 2018
Got Alaska and Hawaii with one second left for 100%! YES SIR!
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level 46
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 73
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 40
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 57
Nov 5, 2018
I live in Washington and the houses are SOOOOOO expensive!
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level 71
Mar 4, 2019
The amount of wealth concentrated in Northern Virginia is insane. The average income of rest of the state is probably fairly typical.
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level 34
Mar 4, 2019
Please update. New York, Delaware, Wyoming, and ND are now on the list.
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level ∞
Mar 4, 2019
Source? There's a lot of bad data floating around. I'd be surprised if all four of those states were added to the top 10.

We'll probably update this when the 2018 estimates become available.
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level 77
Mar 5, 2019
New York is the poorest state in the union if you adjust for cost of living and use the same standard of median income.
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level ∞
Sep 26, 2019
Update 2018:
  • New York: 14
  • Delaware: 17
  • North Dakota: 18
  • Wyoming: 20
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level 69
Mar 5, 2019
This seems pretty much as expected - New England, around DC, Pacific.
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level 38
Jul 7, 2019
Maryland is shocking though because Baltimore isn't a particularly great city
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level 63
Mar 5, 2019
That was probably enough time to actually type all 50 states but instead I decided to think about it like a sucker
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level 38
Jul 7, 2019
I never ever would've guessed Maryland
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level 35
Nov 4, 2019
Hi I really can't spell Massachusetts could you please start accepting wrong spellings pls xoxo im your biggest fan mvh eatyourbroccoli
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level 32
Nov 4, 2019
Oh! So close! Lol. Didn't guess Alaska.
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level 62
Nov 5, 2019
Massachusetts, my old foe. Will I ever learn to spell you right?
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level 61
Nov 5, 2019
Can someone explain to me what is so special about maryland? seems substantially higher than the rest, and as a European I have no idea what Maryland is known for, what industries? Thanks!
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level ∞
Nov 5, 2019
The federal government and government contractors employ a significant percentage of people in Maryland.
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level 26
Nov 5, 2019
done in 25 seconds great quiz thanks