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The average American household earns $61,000 a year. Here are 17 states where the typical resident earns even more.

Business Insider Logo By Liz Knueven of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 18: 
  The wealthiest states by 
    median household income aren't just limited to the coasts,
    according to Census data.
  
  While several states on the 
    west coast and in New England make the list, the place with
    the highest income isn't a state at all - it's 
    Washington DC.
  Maryland and New Hampshire are the states with the lowest
  poverty rates, and both rank in the top five for income. 
  
  
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  The wealthiest states by income aren't just on the west coast and
  in New England, as you might assume.

  
  Census income data on the median household income from 2017
  shows a variety of areas where there's wealth to be had. The top
  17 states include two Midwestern locales, Illinois and Minnesota.
  The list also includes many states in the west, as well as Alaska
  and Hawaii. However, the top-earning area isn't technically a
  state at all: it's Washington DC.

  The median household income for the US as a whole is $61,372,
  putting all of the places on this list above the national
  average. In terms of poverty rate, though, states tend to be a
  little bit more sporadic. With the national three-year average
  poverty rate at 12.8%, some states on this list are higher than
  that, while one is at nearly half. It's worth noting the poverty
  rate in these states because it makes clear that these
  higher-than-average incomes aren't necessarily available to
  everyone.

  While the west coast and New England certainly make the list,
  they're not the whole list. Here are the 17 states where median
  income is the highest, along with their three year average
  poverty rate, according to 2017 
  Census Bureau data.

The 17 richest states by median household income

The wealthiest states by income aren't just on the West Coast and in New England, as you might assume.

Census income data on the median household income from 2017 shows a variety of areas where there's wealth to be had. The top 17 states include two Midwestern locales, Illinois and Minnesota. The list also includes many states in the West, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. However, the top-earning area isn't a state at all: It's Washington, D.C.

The median household income for the U.S. as a whole is $61,372, putting all of the places on this list above the national average. In terms of poverty rate, though, states tend to be a little bit more sporadic. With the national three-year average poverty rate at 12.8%, some states on this list are higher than that, while one is at nearly half. It's worth noting the poverty rate in these states because it makes clear that these higher-than-average incomes aren't necessarily available to everyone.

While the West Coast and New England certainly make the list, they're not the whole list. Click ahead for the 17 states where median income is the highest, along with their three year average poverty rate, according to 2017 Census Bureau data.

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