Special Report

Income It Takes to Be Considered Rich in Every State

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Alabama
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $106,225 per household (6th lowest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 50.5% (21st highest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $189,695 per household (6th lowest)
> Median household income: $51,734 (5th lowest)
> Cost of living: 13.6% less expensive than US avg.

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Alaska
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $144,736 per household (12th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 47.6% (4th lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $242,208 per household (14th highest)
> Median household income: $75,463 (12th highest)
> Cost of living: 4.8% more expensive than US avg.

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Arizona
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $120,982 per household (23rd highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 49.7% (25th lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $220,936 per household (24th highest)
> Median household income: $62,055 (23rd lowest)
> Cost of living: 3.5% less expensive than US avg.

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Arkansas
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $98,014 per household (3rd lowest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 51.0% (13th highest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $176,997 per household (3rd lowest)
> Median household income: $48,952 (3rd lowest)
> Cost of living: 14.7% less expensive than US avg.

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California
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $162,657 per household (4th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 52.0% (5th highest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $250,000+ per household (the highest – tied)
> Median household income: $80,440 (5th highest)
> Cost of living: 15.4% more expensive than US avg.