This Is the Richest State in the U.S., According to Data

Find out where people are making the most money and how your state compares.

Despite recent economic uncertainties, there's some good news when it comes to your finances: median income in the U.S. has been on the rise over the last few years. In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau found that the median income in the country had risen to $65,712, the highest ever recorded in the nation. After adjusting for data collection issues resulting from the pandemic, the Census Bureau now estimates that this represents a 4.2 percent increase in median income from the year prior. However, there's also no doubt that many Americans still struggle to get by in today's economy—and that some areas have greater concentrations of wealth. In fact, figures for median income nearly double from the lowest- to highest-paying states. Read on to see each state ranked from lowest median income to highest, according to Census Bureau data, and find out how your state compares to the rest.

RELATED: This Is How Much Money Makes You Middle Class in Your State, Data Shows.

50
Mississippi

light house in biloxi, mississippi, dusk
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Median household income: $45,792

49
West Virginia

cityscape photo of Charleston, West Virginia
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Median household income: $48,850

48
Arkansas

cityscape photo of Little Rock, Arkansas at sunset
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Median household income: $48,952

47
Louisiana

Beautiful warm sunset skyline of Detroit, USA from Windsor Ontario, Canada.
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Median household income: $51,073

46
Alabama

Drone Aerial View of Downtown Mobile Alabama AL Skyline
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Median household income: $51,734

45
New Mexico

cityscape photo of buildings and trees in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Median household income: $51,945

44
Kentucky

Kentucky Skyline
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Median household income: $52,295

43
Oklahoma

tulsa oklahoma skyline
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Median household income: $54,449

42
Tennessee

cityscape photo of buildings, a highway, and the Sunsphere in Knoxville, Tennessee
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Median household income: $56,071

41
South Carolina

pastel row of houses in charleston
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Median household income: $56,227

40
Montana

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Median household income: $57,153

39
North Carolina

The skyline of Charlotte, North Carolina with fall foliage in the foreground
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Median household income: $57,341

38
Missouri

The skyline of St. Louis, Missouri
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Median household income: $57,409

37
Indiana

the Monument Circle and downtown area of Indianapolis, Indiana at night
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Median household income: $57,603

36
Ohio

Downtown Columbus skyline aerial with Alexander Park, Battelle Riverfront Park, Genoa Park, and Scioto River in the foregruond.
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Median household income: $58,642

35
Maine

augusta maine state capitol buildings
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Median household income: $58,924

34
Florida

Florida, West Palm Beach,CR,GR
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Median household income: $59,227

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South Dakota

cityscape photo of down Sioux Falls, South Dakota at night
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Median household income: $59,533

32
Michigan

The skyline of Detroit, Michigan as seen from Lake Michigan
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Median household income: $59,584

31
Idaho

cityscape photo of Boise, Idaho at sunset
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Median household income: $60,999

30
Iowa

Iowa
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Median household income: $61,691

29
Georgia

Atlanta Georgia at sunset
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Median household income: $61,980

28
Arizona

cityscape photo of downtown Scottsdale, Arizona at night
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Median household income: $62,055

27
Kansas

city skyline of Wichita, Kansas at dusk
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Median household income: $62,087

26
Vermont

The skyline of Montpelier, Vermont in autumn with brick buildings and a church steeple
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Median household income: $63,001

25
Nebraska

Downtown Omaha skyline with the Gene Leahy Mall in the foreground
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Median household income: $63,229

24
Nevada

Reno at sunrise
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Median household income: $63,276

23
Pennsylvania

Philadelphia
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Median household income: $63,463

22
Texas

street in downtown Laredo, Texas at night
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Median household income: $64,034

21
Wisconsin

Wisconsin
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Median household income: $64,168

20
North Dakota

a farm house in medora north dakota
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Median household income: $64,577

19
Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the summer
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Median household income: $65,003

18
Oregon

The skyline of Portland, Oregon at dusk
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Median household income: $67,058

17
Illinois

the naperville illinois riverwalk
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Median household income: $69,187

16
Delaware

the circle in georgetown delaware
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Median household income: $70,176

15
Rhode Island

new shoreham lighthouse
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Median household income: $71,169

14
New York

Brooklyn Bridge Secret Spaces in Landmarks
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Median household income: $72,108

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13
Minnesota

aerial view of the town of winona minnesota
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Median household income: $74,593

12
Alaska

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Median household income: $75,463

11
Utah

cityscape photo of Center Street and downtown Provo, Utah at dusk
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Median household income: $75,780

10
Virginia

james river skyline, richmond, virginia
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Median household income: $76,456

9
Colorado

skyline of denver colorado
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Median household income: $77,127

8
New Hampshire

boats on a lake in New Hampshire
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Median household income: $77,933

7
Washington

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Median household income: $78,687

6
Connecticut

hartford connecticut skyline
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Median household income: $78,833

5
California

walkway pier, palm trees, oceanside, california
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Median household income: $80,440

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4
Hawaii

Honolulu Hawaii
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Median household income: $83,102

3
New Jersey

cityscape photo of buildings in downtown Jersey City, New Jersey
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Median household income: $85,751

2
Massachusetts

The skyline of Boston, Massachusetts as seen from the Charles River at sunset
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Median household income: $85,843

1
Maryland

baltimore skyline
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Median household income: $86,738

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Lauren Gray
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