Making the most money

Guess where per capita income was highest in 2009? Would you believe the District of Columbia, at $66,000? This isn't a huge surprise (Washington is not home to big money, but it's loaded with comfortable six-figure money). After D.C. is Connecticut, home to many a Wall Street billionaire, at $54,000. California was the 11th highest, just below Alaska, at $42,325. That's down 3.5 percent from a year earlier, not nearly as bad as Wyoming's 5.9 percent (who knew?), but bad enough. Mississippi was last, at $30,103. Actually, all but four states posted declines in per capita income. WSJ has a cool overview of per capita income for all the states, population change and other indicators.

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