How much of the income in each state is earned by the top 1%

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The 1% in New York earn 31% of the state’s income. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It’s no secret that the 1% earns vast sums of money – even US billionaires acknowledge the country’s dangerous wealth divide.

We looked at data from the Economic Policy Institute to see the amount of income in each state earned by the top tier. These numbers included states with notoriously wealthy populations (such as New York and California), as well as states like North Dakota, who just welcomed their first billionaire.


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Here’s the income it takes for a family to be part of the 1% in every state

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the national average annual income of the top 1% is $US1,316,985 while the average income of the rest of the population is only $US50,107. This means the top 1% earns 26.3 times more than the bottom 99%. In New York – a city getting too expensive for even Wall Street bankers – the top 1% earns 44.4 times more.

Business Insider’s Dion Rabouin previously reported that the 1% has so much money they don’t know what to do with it. Rabouin reported that the 1% holds $US303.9 billion – a record amount of earnings according to April numbers. Additionally, Business Insider’s Hillary Hoffower reported that this income inequality in the US – spurred in part by dynastic wealth – is only getting worse.

INSIDER’s data team used statistics from the Economic Policy Institute to find the average income of the 1% in each state (including Washington, DC), along with the average income of the rest of the state’s population. We also listed the state’s income ratio, which answers the question, “How many more times the income do the top 1% make over the bottom 99%?”

Keep reading for a look at the per cent of state income taken home by the 1% in the United States, ordered from least to greatest:

Additional reporting from Angela Wang.


Income taken home by the 1% in Alaska: 11.3%

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Juneau, Alaska. Getty Images/NetaDegany

Average income of the top 1%: $US910,059Average income of the bottom 99%: $US71,876

Income ratio: 12.7


Income taken home by the 1% in Hawaii: 12.2%

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A Four Seasons Hawaii hotel. Four Seasons Resorts Lanai/Facebook

Average income of the top 1%: $US797,001Average income of the bottom 99%: $US57,987

Income ratio: 13.7


Income taken home by the 1% in Iowa: 12.9%

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Rich men at a croquet match. Hill Street Studios/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US788,419Average income of the bottom 99%: $US53,753

Income ratio: 14.7


Income taken home by the 1% in West Virginia: 13.4%

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A mansion in West Virginia. From listing on Trulia

Average income of the top 1%: $US535,648Average income of the bottom 99%: $US34,987

Income ratio: 15.3


Income taken home by the 1% in Maine: 13.5%

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A couple pops champagne on a boat. Shutterstock

Average income of the top 1%: $US655,870Average income of the bottom 99%: $US42,575

Income ratio: 15.4


Income taken home by the 1% in New Mexico: 13.5%

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A kitchen in a luxury Santa Fe estate. Getty Images/ivanastar

Average income of the top 1%: $US615,082Average income of the bottom 99%: $US39,675

Income ratio: 15.5


Income taken home by the 1% in North Dakota: 13.8%

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A wealthy man wears a top hat at a high class event. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,080,845Average income of the bottom 99%: $US68,316

Income ratio: 15.8


Income taken home by the 1% in Vermont: 14.1%

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A luxury ski chalet in Vermont. Courtesy of Sotheby’s Realty

Average income of the top 1%: $US816,579Average income of the bottom 99%: $US50,283

Income ratio: 16.2


Income taken home by the 1% in Nebraska: 14.1%

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A wealthy couple takes a photo. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US945,869Average income of the bottom 99%: $US58,013

Income ratio: 16.3


Income taken home by the 1% in Mississippi: 14.2%

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Wealthy millennials. Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US580,461Average income of the bottom 99%: $US35,353

Income ratio: 16.4


Income taken home by the 1% in Delaware: 14.7%

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Wealthy individuals raise their glasses at a restaurant. Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for Haute Living

Average income of the top 1%: $US869,461Average income of the bottom 99%: $US51,049

Income ratio: 17.0


Income taken home by the 1% in Indiana: 14.9%

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A wealthy woman wearing sunglasses. Neville Hopwood/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US804,275Average income of the bottom 99%: $US46,501

Income ratio: 17.3


Income taken home by the 1% in Idaho: 14.9%

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A wealthy woman sips her drink outside. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US829,268Average income of the bottom 99%: $US47,727

Income ratio: 17.4


Income taken home by the 1% in Virginia: 15.1%

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A Virginia estate for sale. Facebook/McLean Faulconer Inc. Realtors

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,109,984Average income of the bottom 99%: $US62,844

Income ratio: 17.7


Income taken home by the 1% in Oklahoma: 15.2%

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A wealthy couple poses. Leon Neal/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US932,520Average income of the bottom 99%: $US52,533

Income ratio: 17.8


Income taken home by the 1% in Maryland: 15.3%

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,135,718Average income of the bottom 99%: $US63,656

Income ratio: 17.8


Income taken home by the 1% in New Hampshire: 15.4%

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Two wealthy individuals. Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,134,101Average income of the bottom 99%: $US62,796

Income ratio: 18.1


Income taken home by the 1% in Louisiana: 15.4%

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Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana. SeanPavonePhoto

Average income of the top 1%: $US814,386Average income of the bottom 99%: $US45,060

Income ratio: 18.1


Income taken home by the 1% in Rhode Island: 15.5%

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The Breakers mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. Wikimedia Commons

Average income of the top 1%: $US928,204Average income of the bottom 99%: $US50,963

Income ratio: 18.2


Income taken home by the 1% in Kansas: 15.6%

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The Kansas City Country Club. Americasroof via Wikimedia Commons

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,034,676Average income of the bottom 99%: $US56,628

Income ratio: 18.3


Income taken home by the 1% in Kentucky: 15.7%

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Wealthy people get drinks at the Kentucky Derby. Getty/Michael Noble Jr.

Average income of the top 1%: $US719,012Average income of the bottom 99%: $US38,990

Income ratio: 18.4


Income taken home by the 1% in Ohio: 15.8%

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Wealthy people cheering. Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US858,965Average income of the bottom 99%: $US46,157

Income ratio: 18.6


Income taken home by the 1% in Wisconsin: 16.0%

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Wealthy people outside. Flickr / Kevin Harber

Average income of the top 1%: $US964,358Average income of the bottom 99%: $US50,953

Income ratio: 18.9


Income taken home by the 1% in Montana: 16.1%

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Wealthy people walking. Chris Jackson/Getty

Average income of the top 1%: $US855,976Average income of the bottom 99%: $US45,197

Income ratio: 18.9


Income taken home by the 1% in Alabama: 16.3%

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Three rich women cheer at an event. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US743,644Average income of the bottom 99%: $US38,587

Income ratio: 19.3


Income taken home by the 1% in South Carolina: 16.6%

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Charleston, South Carolina. Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US761,185Average income of the bottom 99%: $US38,646

Income ratio: 19.7


Income taken home by the 1% in Utah: 16.6%

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Wealthy people enjoy a picnic outdoors. Flickr / Matt Cardy

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,057,066Average income of the bottom 99%: $US53,614

Income ratio: 19.7


Income taken home by the 1% in Oregon: 16.6%

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A group of wealthy people. Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US908,898Average income of the bottom 99%: $US46,090

Income ratio: 19.7


Income taken home by the 1% in South Dakota: 16.8%

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A South Dakota mansion. Point2Homes

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,130,048Average income of the bottom 99%: $US56,610

Income ratio: 20.0


Income taken home by the 1% in North Carolina: 17.2%

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Charlotte, North Carolina. Shutterstock

Average income of the top 1%: $US902,972Average income of the bottom 99%: $US43,850

Income ratio: 20.6


Income taken home by the 1% in Colorado: 17.2%

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The St. Regis hotel in Aspen, Colorado. St. Regis Aspen

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,261,053Average income of the bottom 99%: $US61,165

Income ratio: 20.6


Income taken home by the 1% in Minnesota: 17.4%

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Two wealthy women in winter jackets. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,185,581Average income of the bottom 99%: $US56,728

Income ratio: 20.9


Income taken home by the 1% in Arizona: 17.5%

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An aerial view of Scottsdale, Arizona, including a golf course. Tim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock

Average income of the top 1%: $US882,657Average income of the bottom 99%: $US42,000

Income ratio: 21.0


Income taken home by the 1% in Missouri: 17.6%

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An expensive home in St. Louis, Missouri. Shutterstock

Average income of the top 1%: $US944,804Average income of the bottom 99%: $US44,650

Income ratio: 21.2


Income taken home by the 1% in Tennessee: 17.8%

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A wealthy man and woman cheer at an event. Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US947,021Average income of the bottom 99%: $US44,219

Income ratio: 21.4


Income taken home by the 1% in Michigan: 17.8%

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Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visit Ann Arbor!/Facebook

Average income of the top 1%: $US917,701Average income of the bottom 99%: $US42,825

Income ratio: 21.4


Income taken home by the 1% in Pennsylvania: 18.0%

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Wealthy women in hats laugh outdoors. Leon Neal/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,100,962Average income of the bottom 99%: $US50,830

Income ratio: 21.7


Income taken home by the 1% in Arkansas: 18.5%

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A wealthy woman leans over a fence watching a race. Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US864,772Average income of the bottom 99%: $US38,472

Income ratio: 22.5


Income taken home by the 1% in Georgia: 18.6%

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Wealthy people stand in line for sushi at an outdoor party. Flickr / Financial Times

Average income of the top 1%: $US995,576Average income of the bottom 99%: $US44,147

Income ratio: 22.6


Income taken home by the 1% in Texas: 19.6%

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A multi-million-dollar mansion in Texas features its own private waterpark. Courtesy of Engel & Völkers Dallas Park Cities

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,343,897Average income of the bottom 99%: $US55,614

Income ratio: 24.2


Income taken home by the 1% in Washington: 19.7%

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A wealthy man in a bowtie walks in the rain. Sean M. Haffey/Getty

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,383,223Average income of the bottom 99%: $US57,100

Income ratio: 24.2


Income taken home by the 1% in New Jersey: 24.3%

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Princeton University’s campus in New Jersey. Princeton University/Facebook

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,581,829Average income of the bottom 99%: $US65,068

Income ratio: 19.7%


Income taken home by the 1% in Illinois: 21.5%

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The lobby of the Langham Hotel in Chicago. The Langham

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,412,024Average income of the bottom 99%: $US52,216

Income ratio: 27.0


Income taken home by the 1% in the District of Columbia: 23.5%%

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Georgetown in Washington, DC. Getty Images/Glowimages

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,858,878Average income of the bottom 99%: $US61,102

Income ratio: 30.4


Income taken home by the 1% in California: 23.7%

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Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Chris Brown / flickr

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,693,094Average income of the bottom 99%: $US55,152

Income ratio: 30.7


Income taken home by the 1% in Massachusetts: 23.8%

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts. holbox/Shutterstock

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,904,805Average income of the bottom 99%: $US61,694

Income ratio: 30.9


Income taken home by the 1% in Wyoming: 24.0%

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Flickr/ Kim Olson

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,900,659Average income of the bottom 99%: $US60,922

Income ratio: 31.2


Income taken home by the 1% in Nevada: 24.8%

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An aerial view of some of the luxury hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada. Courtesy of TripAdvisor

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,354,780Average income of the bottom 99%: $US41,470

Income ratio: 32.7


Income taken home by the 1% in Connecticut: 27.3%

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A couple walk in Greenwich, Connecticut. Katie Warren/Business Insider

Average income of the top 1%: $US2,522,806Average income of the bottom 99%: $US67,742

Income ratio: 37.2


Income taken home by the 1% in Florida: 28.5%

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A Florida mansion. From listing on Trulia

Average income of the top 1%: $US1,543,124Average income of the bottom 99%: $US39,094

Income ratio:39.5


Income taken home by the 1% in New York: 31.0%

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Four wealthy women pose for a picture at a polo match. Andrew Toch/Getty Images

Average income of the top 1%: $US2,202,480Average income of the bottom 99%: $US49,617

Income ratio: 44.4