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View Poll Results: Which of the wealthiest states would you live in?
Maryland 20 9.95%
New Jersey 31 15.42%
Connecticut 10 4.98%
Alaska 9 4.48%
Hawaii 11 5.47%
Massachusetts 25 12.44%
New Hampshire 8 3.98%
Virginia 19 9.45%
California 44 21.89%
Washington 24 11.94%
Voters: 201. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-25-2009, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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Here are the top 10 wealthiest states by median household income from the new CB rankings for 2008:

1. Maryland
2. New Jersey
3. Connecticut
4. Alaska
5. Hawaii
6. Massachusetts
7. New Hampshire
8. Virginia
9. California
10. Washington

Here are the top 10 poorest state for the same year:

1. Mississippi
2. West Virginia
3. Arkansas
4. Kentucky
5. Alabama
6. Oklahoma
7. New Mexico
8. Tennessee
9. Montana
10. Louisiana

Which one of the wealthiest states would you rather live in? Not to say no one would want to live in any of the poorest states. Many prefer a much lower cost of living and slower pace of life, which can be found in most those states. I would do a poll for both that would take up too much space.

The rest can be found here:

United States and States - R1901. Median Household Income
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:03 PM
 
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well something glaring really stands out here. The Top 10 states except for Alaska are all BLUE liberal states and the Top Bottom states are all conservative RED states except for New Mexico.
Hmm......
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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well something glaring really stands out here. The Top 10 states except for Alaska are all BLUE liberal states and the Top Bottom states are all conservative RED states except for New Mexico.
Hmm......
Oh you noticed as well .
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:09 AM
 
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Virginia was fairly Republican from 1952-2004. (Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia were the only Southern states to be won by Eisenhower twice. Although, unlike the Deep South, it did not go for Goldwater) Two of the reddest states, Utah and Wyoming, were in the top 20 and above average. Although this does mean only three McCain/Bush states are above US average.

Of the wealthiest states I suppose Alaska or Virginia. Of the poorest states Arkansas, because it's my birth-state, and Montana.
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:31 AM
 
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If I had to pick one of the wealthiest States it would be New Hampshire. My 1st choices though, out of the states listed, would be Tennessee and Montana.
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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I'm surprised NH is on the list. I went to school just outside of NH and it was really cheap there in general.
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:59 AM
 
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Here are the top 10 wealthiest states by median household income from the new CB rankings for 2008:

1. Maryland
2. New Jersey
3. Connecticut
4. Alaska
5. Hawaii
6. Massachusetts
7. New Hampshire
8. Virginia
9. California
10. Washington

Here are the top 10 poorest state for the same year:

1. Mississippi
2. West Virginia
3. Arkansas
4. Kentucky
5. Alabama
6. Oklahoma
7. New Mexico
8. Tennessee
9. Montana
10. Louisiana

Which one of the wealthiest states would you rather live in? Not to say no one would want to live in any of the poorest states. Many prefer a much lower cost of living and slower pace of life, which can be found in most those states. I would do a poll for both that would take up too much space.

The rest can be found here:

United States and States - R1901. Median Household Income
As a person who studies demographics….just keep in mind that much of these rankings have to do with the fact that each of these states have a few “Very Wealthy” areas that skew the numbers to be higher than they would be.

For instance

…much of California’s wealth is concentrated in the Los Angeles basin, metro San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay area. Parts of northern California’s are as average in income and wealth as most other states, while parts of southeast California are very poor, with people who live in substandard housing, with some of the worst health-care in the Western Hemisphere…

…90% of Connecticut’s wealth is deeply concentrated in southwestern Connecticut outside of NYC. Most of the rest of the state ranks as just "average" in terms of income and housing costs. Parts of northeastern Connecticut have as much rural poverty as parts of South Carolina or Virginia. Take a ride through Norwich. Three (3) of the top 10 poor cities in America are located in Connecticut also (Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury).

…much of New Jersey’s wealth is concentrated near NYC, outside Philly, and in a 5-mile zone close to the ocean. LARGE parts of southern New Jersey are downscale, old towns with a high unemployment, and poor, and economically polarized people. Camden, NJ, Jersey City, and Newark are some of the poorest cities in North America.

…about 95% of Virginia’s wealth is outside the Washington DC area and near Virginia Beach. Due east of Virginia Beach and south of Richmond…is one of the poorest areas in the USA. Take a ride along US 58 out of Virginia Beach toward I-95 a see “all the wealth” there is in Virginia.

The top 10 states are ranked the way they are because they are adjacent to the biggest urban centers in America.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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As a person who studies demographics….just keep in mind that much of these rankings have to do with the fact that each of these states have a few “Very Wealthy” areas that skew the numbers to be higher than they would be.

For instance

…much of California’s wealth is concentrated in the Los Angeles basin, metro San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay area. Parts of northern California’s are as average in income and wealth as most other states, while parts of southeast California are very poor, with people who live in substandard housing, with some of the worst health-care in the Western Hemisphere…

…90% of Connecticut’s wealth is deeply concentrated in southwestern Connecticut outside of NYC. Most of the rest of the state ranks as just "average" in terms of income and housing costs. Parts of northeastern Connecticut have as much rural poverty as parts of South Carolina or Virginia. Take a ride through Norwich. Three (3) of the top 10 poor cities in America are located in Connecticut also (Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury).

…much of New Jersey’s wealth is concentrated near NYC, outside Philly, and in a 5-mile zone close to the ocean. LARGE parts of southern New Jersey are downscale, old towns with a high unemployment, and poor, and economically polarized people. Camden, NJ, Jersey City, and Newark are some of the poorest cities in North America.

…about 95% of Virginia’s wealth is outside the Washington DC area and near Virginia Beach. Due east of Virginia Beach and south of Richmond…is one of the poorest areas in the USA. Take a ride along US 58 out of Virginia Beach toward I-95 a see “all the wealth” there is in Virginia.

The top 10 states are ranked the way they are because they are adjacent to the biggest urban centers in America.
Well, of course. However, these states have a very high proportion of their population living in wealthy areas. Also, in Maryland 1/3 of the counties are in the top 100 wealthiest of the approx. 3,100 counties in the country. You'll find similar observations for other small NE states on the list CT, NJ, and MA. In your post you just described nearly all of New Jersey.

Now, of course the vast majority of the counties in California, Washington, and especially Alaska couldn't be considered wealthy, and as you said Virginia has extremely poor areas. In fact, if not for Northern Virginia and maybe Hampton Roads, I wouldn't see it cracking the top 25. So I would agree the majority of these states have extremely concentrated wealth, but I think the first 3 and Massachusetts would be exceptions (speaking relatively).
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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Detroit is pretty liberal and look at it.

The Atlanta suburbs, as well as places like Mountain Brook, Alabama are relatively wealthy and conservative, so what is your point?

There are so many factors that contribute to RELATIVE wealth, that to imply that it is all ideologically-related is absurd.
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:18 PM
 
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Educated people make more money. Educated people vote Democrat. Educated people either are not extremely religious or are Jewish, Roman Catholic or liberal Protestants -- non evangelical.

Educated people are fitter not fatter. The red states are also the fattest states because people who don't understand or refuse to comprehend nutrition end up eating unhealthy foods.

States with high taxes use this tax revenue to pay for EDUCATION. Conservatives don't like to pay taxes and end up with underfunded school systems full of people who put pulpit ahead of practicality.

It's all a vicious cycle. Less tax revenue = less intelligent people = people who are unhealthier/unhappier = people who succumb to religious extremism. This occurs in poverty-stricken areas of Christian America as well as in poverty-stricken Islamic countries.

The argument is so simple, yet explains so much. Yes the religious fanatics on both sides (Christian and Muslim) fail to realize how similar they are to each other and how dangerous they are to civilized society.
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