America's richest (and poorest) states

Data from the Census Bureau show that income for the typical US household did not rise in 2012, despite an improving economy and surging corporate profits.

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Sep 25, 2013 6:01AM
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Gotta  know that $58,000  in some of those "rich" states  DOES NOT buy what  $41,000  does in some of the "poor" states .,,,comparing housing, food, gas & taxes.
Sep 25, 2013 3:54AM
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This article ignores that red states like Texas are the overwhelming job producers in the US economy. In fact Texas produced more than half of the new jobs between 2009 -2011. Conversely blue states like New York and, Californian are hemorrhaging both jobs and businesses because of their high tax rates and overboard regulation. In fact, California is near bankruptcy and has the most bankrupt cities in the US.

This whole study is misleading because it is based on income and it does NOT take into account the cost of living in each state. To compare Hawaii's cost of living with Mississippi's is an exercise in extreme stupidity. This whole article is a farce and con job by the liberal media.

If you adjust income to the cost of living in red states, they will dominate the "richest" states category.
Sep 25, 2013 4:35AM
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Restaurant servers make very little an hour. A guy that works for a manufacturing plant screwing on caps makes a lot more. Why??

We have baseball, basketball, football players making millions per yr. Why??

Then we have the "little people" like police, firefighters, teachers who have to deal with the blame if their kids fail even though the students don't care anyway.............ect 
Sep 25, 2013 8:32AM
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$40,000 in Alabama probably has as much if not more purchasing power than $60,000 in New Jersey.  Just using median income for this ranking is useless. 
Sep 25, 2013 6:34AM
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After seeing MD as #1 and living in MD since I was born, I have to take the rest of this article with a grain of salt.  No way!
Sep 25, 2013 8:40AM
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Maryland is No.1 because we have the Fed Government here and everyone from Baltimore and Southern Maryland all work for it in some way.  If the capitol was moved, Maryland would be like Mississippi.  People don't realize that the Govt is just another HUGE corporation except that it's customers pay in votes and campaign donations. The difference is if you don't buy from a regular corporation, they don't get your money; if you don't support an effort by the government, they still take your money, and use it to expand their power. 

Maryland is only wealthy because the government is here and it collects all of your tax money  to support all of the CEO's (ie, senators, contractors, agency heads etc.) and employees who live here, just like a corporation.  Thank you America (especially poor states) for our high standard of living here in MD.

Sep 25, 2013 7:45AM
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MD is the worst state taxing the citizens into bankruptcy...they tax when you flush, when it runs off due to rain and now when it rains...

Also has the highest closing costs for home buyers...

The state of MD takes in tolls but never improves the roads.

They have a bottle tax a sin tax(?). 

Worst of all they have speed and traffic light cameras that bring in millions because of that scam...

the list goes on...

Sep 25, 2013 3:50AM
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California has 34% of the nation's welfare recipients and only 12% of the population. Of all 50 states, California has the highest percentage of people on welfare ... nearly 4 percent of its 38 million people. It amounts to about 50% of the population of Mississippi. If you want to see people on welfare, go to California. 

Statistics and headlines are used to manipulate the uniformed by appealing to their emotions and ignorance instead of their logic. The media treats its readers like the audience of a Jerry Springer show.
Sep 25, 2013 4:18AM
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Please note that the worst poverty is in Southern red states.  These are the states that have instituted "right to work" laws, which basically means right to starve.  Minimum wage does not sustain life.  And don't tell these people to change jobs.  In most of the South, minimum wage is the norm for most businesses.  You can quit your minimum wage job, but you will only end up in another minimum wage job.  Those minimum wage jobs are the only game in town unless you happen to be a retiree from New York or Connecticut or New Jersey. 

When you make minimum wage you do not have the option of moving someplace else for a better job at a better rate of pay.  How can you move?  You have no money.  If you relocate you will not be able to rent anyplace because you can't save enough money for first and last plus deposit while earning less than $8 per hour. 

Essentially, if you live in Mississippi you are a slave, regardless of your color, because you can't afford to leave and you are doomed to be stuck in your minimum wage job and your minimum income life until you die.

As for Texas, they are only creating more minimum wage jobs and in the process of waiving all those pesky regulations they make sure that you not only will never earn more than minimum wage, they also insure that your water and air and soil will be contaminated and your workplace will probably be hazardous and you may well get cancer from all the chemicals and pollutants your employers store in unsafe conditions. 

Welcome to the corporate dream fantasy, where the rich get richer and richer and grind the poor into the dirt.

Sep 25, 2013 7:34AM
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Why is it that 40 hours of work is supposed to be all a person can complete in a week.  168 hours in a week , what are you all doing with the remaining 128 hours.  quit your whining, get a second job, save your money, get more education, wait until you can afford to have children, move to a place where live is better.  Get a real job, have a family, take responsibility for yourself.   I don't care what lie a politician tells me. I will be responsible for my actions and I will provide for my family.  Look in the mirror, there is the answer to your problems, that person you can trust and has your best interest in mind. Now I have to get back to work, have a good day.
Sep 24, 2013 7:53PM
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Most of the lowest state are in the south and most of the highest states are in the north
Sep 25, 2013 4:26AM
Sep 25, 2013 6:02AM
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Great break down of what America has become and is becoming. How can people vote for politicians who make it harder for them? I know - wrap themselves in the flag and thrust a cross in their faces and obscure issues. Tell them that opposing small issues like gay marriage and abortion are larger issues than they really are. Align themselves on small issues and let others who don't think like them starve. Tell the people that hordes are crossing our borders and are taking all of the jobs, while corporations are giving outlandish fortunes to people that run companies in the ground. Those same companies that pay their employees chicken feed. Better to be in a dead state than a red state. 
Sep 25, 2013 4:43AM
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If the rich people in the US actually included senate, congress, and unions pooled their money together, I bet the deficit could be reduced significantly. But no. dump it on poor people. The poor people have more common sense then they do.
Sep 25, 2013 7:16AM
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Who is running for President in 2016? O" Malley,  Governor of Maryland. Number 1#? How much did his people pay to get him voted number 1? Spends millions on planting trees and flowers along the highways so we have something to look at while each day we sit in 30 minutes of rush hour bog down. The same highways that have been under construction for 50 years. Paying the same big boy contracting road construction company millions, to never finish". "US" Marylanders are Tax Slaves. Rain Tax, Flush Tax, Car Emmisions, Triple cigarette taxes, Bottle tax, Snack tax, Tax, tax, tax,. Don't forget Washington DC is a stones throw away. State and Federal employees, make a good chunk of change, they are the rich. It all trickles down from there pockets. Businesses reap a portion of that as their barber's and hairdresser's, nail technicians, fast food chains, shopping malls, BMW, Mercedes, and Land Rover Car sales. As we service them to make them appear richer. They all live the good life. Big houses, private schools, when your kid turns 16 they are driving brand new cars. O'Malley never knew what it was like to go without anything. He was a little rich boy from Montgomery County, Maryland's Empire. Pray he doesn't become our next 'PRES". One thing he is , Is Patriotic. And Catholic, And a Democrat. Think that says a lot? No!
Sep 25, 2013 8:25AM
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As most people are, underemployed25, you are completely uninformed when it comes to right to work laws in the south.  If you did your research you would know that the pay in the south has always been much lower than the pay in the north, even before the establishment of unions.  This is because the south has traditionally been farming communities and the north has primarily been the center of manufacturing in this country. Manufacturing created jobs and the need for workers, many of which were "skilled trades" that required mechanical and technical expertise, which demanded higher pay.  The large amount of jobs and the expertise of some of them helped to create more jobs and higher pay in the north.  The south on the other hand has traditionally been farming communities which required workers with minimal skills and education. Also, farming requires less workers than say an auto company or power plant.   This has remained the case up to maybe 50  years or so.  That is why many southerners migrated to the north in the early 20th century to find work.  The unions actually have very little to no difference in the differences in pay between the north and the south.  And fyi....many northern states are now starting to establish right to work laws.  Get it right!
Sep 25, 2013 5:36AM
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The should have written this article on the states that are deepest in debt.  My spouse owns a very small service disabled veteran owned company.  As such, we are given preference when it comes to bidding on state contracts for the state of Illinois.  The states website had to add a disclaimer page with regards to paying its vendors.  It states that if you an outstanding invoice owed to you by the state that is in excess of 150 days that creates a hardship for your company, they will assist you in filing a claim.  Really? What small company wouldn't experience a hardship if their customers didn't pay them for 5 months or more? And to address underemployed25's comment regarding a right to work, if the unions didn't have such a stranglehold on the state of Illinois and were allowed to hire non-union workers, we wouldn't be paying some schmuck to stand at road construction sites with a sign that reads "SLOW/STOP"" $45.00/hr. plus benefits. I understand all about how you can't live on minimum wage--I work 3 minimum wage jobs 6 days a week and don't even come close to what I was earning before I was laid off--with no benefits.  There's a world of difference between earning a living wage and the ridiculous wages the union wants to pay unskilled labor.  If you're a trades person and you went to trade school and apprenticed under a master craftsman, you deserve to earn more just like a college grad.  If you're pushing a mop or flipping burgers at Mickey D's, you don't deserve $45.00/hour doing that.  However, it would be nice if they upped the minimum wage about $5.00 more an hour nation and statewide. 
Sep 25, 2013 7:55AM
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Once again we have an article that measures a persons value by their income not how happy they are.  I have read remarks stating these are all Republicans states that are the poorest.  Too bad it didn't bring out the stats of all those richest states what is the debt to income ratio of each household based upon credit usage, mortgage payments, food cost, gas prices etc.  I proudly live in Kentucky, and I'm proud to say I'm almost debt free live in a nice home, ride a harley (new), paid for, I don't say me and Sally, rather Sally and I, nor do I give out numbers 2, 4, 3, o, instead 2,4,3, zero.  Then I read about slaves in these states, always some dumb butt to bring race into a conversation not to mention racial comments.  The fact is the north had slaves just as the south did.  Don't forget the civil war was based on tariff acts as well as slavery.  Bottom line, for those that have negative comments about the south I suggest you stay home when its time to take a vacation and don't visit all the national sites the south has to offer. 

Sep 25, 2013 6:53AM
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I'm not sure that this supposed research validates very much.  There are too many variables not taken into account.  What strikes me however is that there is no organized religion or philosophical framework that I am aware of that support or justifies the notion of providing wages for legitimate work that cannot cover for people's daily needs.  A true month's work should take care of housing, food, healthcare, etc., for all families.  Perhaps only the God of money and greed.  
Sep 25, 2013 5:23AM
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Why do they continue to lie about jobs.. Most of those jobs they added were part time.. That is not improvement. Our country will never move ahead until Obama;s administration stops lying to save their necks.. He has had more corruption and has gone against our constitution every chance he gets. He is trying to change our beliefs, our govt., who is of worth. He has never concentrated on jobs. NEVER. HE just loves to talk and make speeches saying nothing but lies.. SAD. He needs to be gone. He is a child trying to do a mans job.
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