Special Report

America's Richest and Poorest States

Methodology

To determine America’s richest and poorest states, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed median household income by state with data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey.

The share of adults 25 and over with a bachelor’s degree, the share of households earning more than $200,000 per year, and the share of the population living below the poverty line — as well as figures from the previous year — also came from the 2019 ACS. We also reviewed annual average unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2019 and 2018.

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