5 Richest and Poorest States

Maryland is top, Mississippi is bottom
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2016 8:44 AM CDT
5 Richest and Poorest States
Catherine Bacon of Durant, Miss., speaks about the economic problems she faces in the Mississippi Delta in 2013.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The median income in Maryland is a far cry from the median income in Mississippi, according to 24/7 Wall St. Its new ranking (based on this new 2015 Census Bureau data) shows the richest and poorest states in the country, based on median household income in 2015. The top and bottom of the scale:


  1. Maryland: $75,847
  2. Hawaii: $73,486
  3. Alaska: $73,355
  4. New Jersey: $72,222
  5. Connecticut: $71,346


  1. Mississippi: $40,593
  2. Arkansas: $41,995
  3. West Virginia: $42,019
  4. Alabama: $44,765
  5. Kentucky: $45,215
Click for the full list or see the five states where $100 goes the furthest. (More wealth stories.)

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