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Income It Takes to Be Considered Rich in Your State

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Virginia
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $153,003 per household (7th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 50.5% (22nd highest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $250,000+ per household (the highest – tied)
> Median household income: $76,456 (10th highest)
> Cost of living: 2.0% more expensive than US avg.

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Washington
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $151,396 per household (9th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 49.6% (22nd lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $250,000+ per household (the highest – tied)
> Median household income: $78,687 (7th highest)
> Cost of living: 7.8% more expensive than US avg.

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West Virginia
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $97,399 per household (2nd lowest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 49.6% (23rd lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $171,816 per household (the lowest)
> Median household income: $48,850 (2nd lowest)
> Cost of living: 12.2% less expensive than US avg.

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Wisconsin
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $117,929 per household (24th lowest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 47.8% (7th lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $202,582 per household (16th lowest)
> Median household income: $64,168 (21st highest)
> Cost of living: 8.1% less expensive than US avg.

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Wyoming
> Annual income needed to be in the top 20% of earners: $120,196 per household (25th highest)
> Income controlled by highest 20% of earners: 47.2% (2nd lowest)
> Min. annual income to be in the top 5%: $199,944 per household (14th lowest)
> Median household income: $65,003 (19th highest)
> Cost of living: 7.3% less expensive than US avg.

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