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Income It Takes to Be Considered Rich in Every State

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1. Alabama
> Min. annual income to be in the top 20%: $101,051 per household (6th lowest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 51.4% (14th highest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $182,940 per household (7th lowest)
> Median household income: $49,861 (6th lowest)
> Cost of living: 13.3% less expensive than U.S. avg.

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2. Alaska
> Min. annual income to be in the top 20%: $138,860 per household (11th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 47.1% (2nd lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $240,603 per household (13th highest)
> Median household income: $74,346 (8th highest)
> Cost of living: 4.4% more expensive than U.S. avg.

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3. Arizona
> Min. annual income to be in the top 20%: $115,276 per household (24th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 49.9% (23rd lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $210,702 per household (23rd highest)
> Median household income: $59,246 (24th lowest)
> Cost of living: 3.6% less expensive than U.S. avg.

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4. Arkansas
> Min. annual income to be in the top 20%: $95,453 per household (3rd lowest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 52.0% (6th highest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $174,655 per household (3rd lowest)
> Median household income: $47,062 (3rd lowest)
> Cost of living: 13.5% less expensive than U.S. avg.

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5. California
> Min. annual income to be in the top 20%: $154,402 per household (5th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 52.3% (4th highest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: 250,000+ per household (tied – the highest)
> Median household income: $75,277 (6th highest)
> Cost of living: 14.8% more expensive than U.S. avg.

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