The 5 Richest, Poorest US States

Maryland's median household income is $37K more than Mississippi's
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2017 9:12 AM CDT
There's a Big Gap Between Richest, Poorest States
A hair stylist works at a barber shop in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of Baton Rouge, La.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The median household income in the US climbed more between 2014 and 2016 than in any other two-year period on record. But that doesn't mean all Americans shared equally in the gains. Maryland residents enjoy a median household income that is almost twice that of people in Mississippi, per 24/7 Wall St. Here are the richest and poorest states based on typical income:


  1. Maryland: $78,945
  2. Alaska: $76,440
  3. New Jersey: $76,126
  4. Massachusetts: $75,297
  5. Hawaii: $74,511
  1. Mississippi: $41,754
  2. West Virginia: $43,385
  3. Arkansas: $44,334
  4. Louisiana: $45,146
  5. Alabama: $46,257
Click for the full list or see the happiest and least happy states. (Read more US states stories.)

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