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

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

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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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%

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%

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai/FacebookA Four Seasons Hawaii hotel.

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%

Hill Street Studios/Getty ImagesRich men at a croquet match.

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%

From listing on TruliaA mansion in West Virginia.

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%

ShutterstockA couple pops champagne on a boat.

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%

Getty Images/ivanastarA kitchen in a luxury Santa Fe estate.

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%

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

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%

Courtesy of Sotheby’s RealtyA luxury ski chalet in Vermont.

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%

Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesA wealthy couple takes a photo.

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%

Tristan Fewings/Getty ImagesWealthy millennials.

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%

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

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%

Neville Hopwood/Getty ImagesA wealthy woman wearing sunglasses.

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%

Alan Crowhurst/Getty ImagesA wealthy woman sips her drink outside.

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%

Facebook/McLean Faulconer Inc. RealtorsA Virginia estate for sale.

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%

Leon Neal/Getty ImagesA wealthy couple poses.

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%

Tristan Fewings/Getty ImagesTwo wealthy individuals.

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%

SeanPavonePhotoJackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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%

Wikimedia CommonsThe Breakers mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.

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%

Americasroof via Wikimedia CommonsThe Kansas City Country Club.

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%

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

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%

Jason McCawley/Getty ImagesWealthy people cheering.

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%

Flickr / Kevin HarberWealthy people outside.

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%

Chris Jackson/GettyWealthy people walking.

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%

Christopher Furlong / Getty ImagesThree rich women cheer at an event.

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%

Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty ImagesCharleston, South Carolina.

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%

Flickr / Matt CardyWealthy people enjoy a picnic outdoors.

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%

Michael Dodge/Getty ImagesA group of wealthy people.

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%

Point2HomesA South Dakota mansion.

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%

ShutterstockCharlotte, North Carolina.

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%

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

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%

Alan Crowhurst/Getty ImagesTwo wealthy women in winter jackets.

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%

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

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%

ShutterstockAn expensive home in St. Louis, Missouri.

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%

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

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%

Visit Ann Arbor!/FacebookAnn Arbor, Michigan.

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%

Leon Neal/Getty ImagesWealthy women in hats laugh outdoors.

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%

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

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%

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

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%

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

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%

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

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%

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

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%

The LanghamThe lobby of the Langham Hotel in Chicago.

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%%

Getty Images/GlowimagesGeorgetown in Washington, DC.

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%

Chris Brown / flickrRodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

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%

holbox/ShutterstockCape Cod, Massachusetts.

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%

Flickr/ Kim OlsonJackson Hole, Wyoming.

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%

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

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%

Katie Warren/Business InsiderA couple walk in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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%

From listing on TruliaA Florida mansion.

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%

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

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

Income ratio: 44.4

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