Special Report

Income It Takes to Be Considered Rich in Every State

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Hawaii
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $153,431 per household (6th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 47.5% (3rd lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $250,000+ per household (the highest – tied)
> Median household income: $83,102 (4th highest)
> Cost of living: 18.1% more expensive than US avg.

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Idaho
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $111,822 per household (14th lowest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 47.6% (6th lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $199,218 per household (11th lowest)
> Median household income: $60,999 (20th lowest)
> Cost of living: 7.5% less expensive than US avg.

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Illinois
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $137,248 per household (14th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 51.2% (8th highest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $250,000+ per household (the highest – tied)
> Median household income: $69,187 (17th highest)
> Cost of living: 1.9% less expensive than US avg.

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Indiana
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $110,606 per household (11th lowest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 49.5% (21st lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $194,407 per household (9th lowest)
> Median household income: $57,603 (14th lowest)
> Cost of living: 10.7% less expensive than US avg.

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Iowa
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $113,238 per household (17th lowest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 48.1% (10th lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $199,328 per household (12th lowest)
> Median household income: $61,691 (21st lowest)
> Cost of living: 10.8% less expensive than US avg.