Special Report

America's Richest and Poorest States

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1. Maryland
> Median household income: $86,738 (2019); $84,845 (2018)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 40.9% (2019); 40.8% (2018)
> Poverty rate: 9.0% (2019); 9.0% (2018)
> Households earning $200,000 or more annually: 13.6% (2019); 13.0% (2018)
> Unemployment: 3.6% (2019); 3.9% (2018)

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2. Massachusetts
> Median household income: $85,843 (2019); $80,976 (2018)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 45.0% (2019); 44.5% (2018)
> Poverty rate: 9.4% (2019); 10.0% (2018)
> Households earning $200,000 or more annually: 14.6% (2019); 13.5% (2018)
> Unemployment: 2.9% (2019); 3.4% (2018)

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3. New Jersey
> Median household income: $85,751 (2019); $83,206 (2018)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 41.2% (2019); 40.8% (2018)
> Poverty rate: 9.2% (2019); 9.5% (2018)
> Households earning $200,000 or more annually: 15.2% (2019); 14.4% (2018)
> Unemployment: 3.6% (2019); 4.1% (2018)

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4. Hawaii
> Median household income: $83,102 (2019); $81,575 (2018)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 33.6% (2019); 33.5% (2018)
> Poverty rate: 9.3% (2019); 8.8% (2018)
> Households earning $200,000 or more annually: 10.9% (2019); 10.6% (2018)
> Unemployment: 2.7% (2019); 2.5% (2018)

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5. California
> Median household income: $80,440 (2019); $76,418 (2018)
> Bachelor’s degree attainment: 35.0% (2019); 34.2% (2018)
> Poverty rate: 11.8% (2019); 12.8% (2018)
> Households earning $200,000 or more annually: 13.7% (2019); 12.8% (2018)
> Unemployment: 4.0% (2019); 4.3% (2018)

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