The U.S.Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its rankings of personal income by state for 2009.
Personal income throughout the U.S. was down 1.7% in 2009. 44 states had declining incomes in 2009. 6 states saw an increase.
The Best State for Income Growth in 2009 was West Virginia with an increase 2.1%. Despite this growth West Virginia has the 44th lowest income in the U.S. at $32,219. It did improve from a 49th ranking in 2008.
The Worst State For Income Growth was Nevada with a decrease of 4.8%. Nevada with an income of $38,578 was ranked 20th in the U.S in personal income.
The Best State for Income in 2009 was Connecticut . It had the highest state income at $54,397. Additional Top States for Income were New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York .
The Worst State for Income was Mississippi . At $30,013, it has the lowest state income. Utah, Idaho, South Carolina and Kentucky were also Worst States for Income in 2009.
State Ranking of Income 2009
The ranking of states by income follows: