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Per-capita income percent of national average

Oakland County, Michigan 156% (Richest County in the midwest!!)
Hennepin County, Minnesota (Minneapolis) 143%
St. Louis County, Missouri 137%
Hamilton County, Ohio (Cincinnati) 119%
Douglas County, Nebraska (Omaha) 117%
Ramsey County, Minnesota (St. Paul) 117%
Dane County, Wisconsin (Madison) 116%
Cook County, IL (Chicago) 112%
Polk County, Iowa (Des Moines) 111%
Franklin County, Ohio (Columbus) 110%
Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Cleveland) 109%
Jackson County, Missouri (Kansas City) 102%
Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis) 106%
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin 100%
Sedgwick County, Kansas (Wichita) 98%
Lucas County, Ohio (Toledo) 96%
Wayne County, Michigan 95%

Bureau of Economic Analysts just came out Today!!!
 

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I think you should point out that the city of St Louis is not in St Louis county. It is totally suburban. As for Hennipen county that is supprising to me. I admit there are some very wealthy communities in the western part of the county around Lake Minnetonka and in Edina but for the most part the people are either poor or middle class working stiffs just like the rest of us. Oakland county is suburban too by the way.
 

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Hennepin County last 25 years ranged from 128 to 144%.
Wow, that is very economically stable when you think of it.

Hennepin County per-capita percent of national average
Year: 1979 129%
Lowest 1981: 128%
Year: 1984 131%
Year: 1989 133%
Year: 1994 134%
Year 1999: 143%
Peaked in 2000: 144%
2003: 143%

Alot this might be lower than average houshold sizes more than anything!!

-Wayne County, Michigan has gone from 8 percent above (1979) to 5 percent below (2003) national average in the last 24 years
 

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I assumed that I'd open up this thread and see Cook County sitting by itself, since it's the only true urban county in the midwest. Cuyahoga and Milwaukee counties come close to being all urban, but the rest aren't even close.
 

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denvernative1982 said:
Per-capita income percent of national average

Oakland County, Michigan 156% (Richest County in the midwest!!)

Bureau of Economic Analysts just came out Today!!!
even if this was in fact a credible study... making the richest count in midwest assumption of yours is blatantly false. Perhaps if you had said, "richest urban county in the midwest" it may have in fact been more accurate.

The wealthiest county in the midwest is actually (based on average household income) Ozaukee county just north of Milwaukee. Its the 10th wealthiest in the nation based on those statistics. It follows 9 counties in California.
 

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whoa! I was totally wrong... its 20th and 1-19 are spread all over.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/OzWash/feb02/19091.asp
I seem to recall hearing many years ago that Ozaukee was ranked in the number one or two spot in the nation, but the article you linked seems to imply that OzCo clocking in at #20 (based on 1998 data) was the highest it's ever been so far.
 

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The numbers are for 2003 and the source is: http://www.bea.gov/bea/regional/bearfacts/countybf.cfm

Basically how the numbers are derived is they take all of the reported income of all the residents of the county and then divide it by how many people live in the county. So, for instance, Oakland county residents collectively reported personal incomes of $59,265,844,000 in 2003. Since there were 1,208,313 people in Oakland County in 2003, the per capita personal income was $49,048. The national average was $31,472, so the PCPI in Oakland county was 156% above the national average.
 

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BTW, here are the rankings for Michigan:

1. Oakland - $49,048 - 156%
2. Washtenaw - $38,323 - 122%
3. Livingston - $35,869 - 114%
4. Macomb - $34,206 - 109%
5. Midland - $32,821 - 104%
6. Leelanau - $31,599 - 100%
7. Kent - $30,624 - 97%
8. Emmet - $30,467 - 97%
9. Kalamazoo - $30,429 - 97%
10. Monroe - $29,914 - 95%
11. Wayne - $29,879 - 95%
12. Grand Traverse - $29,662 - 94%
13. Ingham - $28,825 - 92%
14. St. Clair - $28,646 - 91%
15. Ottawa - $28,570 - 91%

Here are the rankings for Michigan MSAs:
1. Ann Arbor - $38,323
2. Detroit - $35,972
3. Monroe - $29,914
4. Grand Rapids - $29,188
5. Kalamazoo - $28,947
6. Lansing - $28,671
7. Holland - $28,570
8. Traverse City - $28,022
9. Benton Harbor - $27,572
10. Flint - $27,521
11. Battle Creek - $26,778
12. Bay City - $26,726
13. Saginaw - $26,454
14. Jackson - $25,712
15. Muskegon - $24,468
 

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Here are the rankings for the 10 largest Midwestern MSAs:
1. Minneapolis - $38,601 - +123%
2. Detroit - $35,972 - +114%
3. Chicago - $35,464 - +113%
4. Milwaukee - $35,133 - +112%
5. Indianapolis - $33,618 - +107%
6. St. Louis - $33,451 - +106%
7. Kansas City - $33,335 - +106%
8. Cleveland - $33,196 - +105%
9. Cincinnati - $32,979 - +105%
10. Columbus - $32,930 - +105%

and here are the rankings for the 10 largest Midwestern CSAs:
1. Minneapolis - $37,567 - +119%
2. Detroit - $35,258 - +112%
3. Chicago - $35,236 - +112%
4. Milwaukee - $34,697 - +110%
5. St. Louis - $33,204 - +106%
6. Kansas City - $32,952 - +105%
7. Cincinnati - $32,849 - +104%
8. Indianapolis - $32,596 - +104%
9. Cleveland - $32,320 - +103%
10. Columbus - $31,945 - +102%
 
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