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Old 12-13-2012, 12:12 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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The US Census released median household income data yesterday for the year 2011. What is interesting is that median household income increased from 50,046 to 50,502 between 2010 and 2011. 2010 should turn out to be the worst year for the middle class in the most recent recession as 2009's figure was slightly higher at 50,221. I was afraid that median household income was going to dip below 50,000.

Marin, Santa Clara, Contra Costa and San Mateo counties are in the wealthiest county category, exceeding 73,000 each. I am most surprised by Contra Costa out of the four. SF City and County is lower than 73,000 as politicians want to keep a sizable poor blue-collar population here. Alameda County is also in the second tier category- Oakland bashers invited.

No surprises by county level- The Eastern Seaboard is the wealthiest especially in the Washington DC suburbs and the Deep South is the poorest especially around the Mississippi delta.

Is the median household income figure in nominal terms or adjusted for inflation?

A lot of poverty data are posted today too- might be suitable for another thread.

General link:
State and County Maps 2011 - U.S. Census Bureau

Median household income by county in 2011:

For the US Census highlights and analysis:
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:21 PM
Location: Lafayette, CA
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As expected. Contra Costa County has been one of the Bay Areas wealthiest counties for decades.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:47 PM
Location: East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area
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Not surprised at all. Bay Area does well in this regard.
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