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The Richest (and Poorest) Places in the U.S
CNNMoney ^ | August 30, 2007 | Les Christie

Posted on 08/31/2007 10:05:20 AM PDT by dakine

Maryland knocked New Jersey out of the top spot this year, while Mississippi and West Virginia were the poorest states in the Union.

Maryland is now the wealthiest state in the union, as measured by median household income, according to the latest stats from the Census Bureau.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Maryland; US: Mississippi; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: census; demographics; poverty; topten; wealth
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Maryland? Who knew?
1 posted on 08/31/2007 10:05:21 AM PDT by dakine
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To: dakine

West Byrdland Virginny?.........How on earth can that be?......................


2 posted on 08/31/2007 10:08:25 AM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: dakine

I knew it was Maryland. It’s all the government money.

There is big business also. Like the Discovery/Travel Channels.


3 posted on 08/31/2007 10:10:04 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: dakine

Does this take into account cost-of-living?

$300K in Texas or Alabama can get you a palatial estate ... in Manhattan it can get you an apartment about the only slightly smaller than my first apartment.

H


4 posted on 08/31/2007 10:10:12 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Don't worry. History will get it right ... and we'll both be dead." - George W. Bush to Karl Rove)
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To: dakine

Maryland is filled with vast numbers of lazy, incompetent government workers racking in mega-bucks.

YOUR stolen mega-bucks. (mostly federal “workers”)


5 posted on 08/31/2007 10:10:21 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims.)
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To: dakine

Surprised to see Hawaii and Alaska in the top ten.


6 posted on 08/31/2007 10:11:16 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: dakine

consider the source. cnn is involved with this survey


7 posted on 08/31/2007 10:12:54 AM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 ("A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one" - Hamilton)
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To: dakine
I heard somewhere that if you were to take 16 counties in the Delta away from Mississippi, we'd actually rank in the middle of many of these surveys.

What Hollywood and many outsiders think of Mississippi, I think of the Delta. You go there and it's like going back 40 years. The casinos in Tunica and the 4-laning projects have improved it (formerly, it was like going back 70 years), the Delta has to be home to some of the poorest, most ig'nant people I've ever come across.

8 posted on 08/31/2007 10:13:24 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: dakine

Damn dakine. You move into Md. and all of a sudden we’re #1.
You must make a lot.


9 posted on 08/31/2007 10:14:39 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: FormerACLUmember
That’s a reason the state is so Blue.

“Keep voting Dem for more $100k+ government/education jobs that we’re entitled to.”

Today the kook Governor is about to raise the minimum wage for state contractors from $8.5 to $11.5 an hour. Just like that. Wish I could get a 30% raise on a whim with no fanfare.

10 posted on 08/31/2007 10:15:41 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: gate2wire

hahaha...That made me laugh!....must be all those exactas!


11 posted on 08/31/2007 10:16:02 AM PDT by dakine
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To: dakine

Misssissippi is also the most generous:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-11-20-national-giving_x.htm


12 posted on 08/31/2007 10:18:30 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: Vision

There’s a huge amount of Biotech and Defense contracting and consulting in MD. It’s not all government workers.


13 posted on 08/31/2007 10:18:41 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: dakine
That reminds me of this image I saw yesterday:


The graphic represents people who live in Manhattan who also collect farm subsidies. The big red dots are folks who collect more than $250,000 per year.

I wonder what the graphic for Maryland would look like?

14 posted on 08/31/2007 10:19:54 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: dakine

Exacta? What’s that?
Went to Saratoga last weekend, was 0-11.


15 posted on 08/31/2007 10:20:43 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: gate2wire

“Went to Saratoga last weekend, was 0-11”

But it was SARATOGA! who cares about the ‘0-11’....


16 posted on 08/31/2007 10:22:53 AM PDT by dakine
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To: dakine

True. Guess I should look at the bright side.
Speaking of richest places, I’d bet the clubhouse on saturday was the richest place in America.
Of course, they wouldn’t let me near the place.


17 posted on 08/31/2007 10:28:43 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: Red Badger

“West Byrdland Virginny?.........How on earth can that be?.”

Money doesn’t solve poverty regardless of what the bleeding heart liberals say.


18 posted on 08/31/2007 10:33:19 AM PDT by Smartaleck
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To: gate2wire

“Of course, they wouldn’t let me near the place.”

Dishwasher?


19 posted on 08/31/2007 10:38:59 AM PDT by dakine
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To: Vision
Hawaii and Alaska also have inflated cost-of-living indexes. Everything has to be flown in or shipped in my boat, except sand and ice, respectively. As a result, everyone from pipe fitters to school teachers have pay scales in those states which are higher than elsewhere. This is also why Sears, Wal-Mart and other national chain sales say "excluding Hawaii and Alaska" in their sales prices.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "A Streetcar Named Goats on the Roof"

20 posted on 08/31/2007 10:40:03 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (2008 IS HERE, NOW. www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: dakine
"Among places with 250,000 or more residents, the affluent Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas, boasts the highest median income: $77,038."

It would have killed CNN to actually run the above as the real lead story. CNN: Texas = Bush = Hitler + Satan!

21 posted on 08/31/2007 10:43:37 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Hemorrhage
Also note that $300K can be borrowed against a 1200 sq ft bungalow in Daly City CA (San Fran suburb) if you are making big donations to the Democrats...
22 posted on 08/31/2007 10:43:58 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: dakine

“Dishwasher?”

No, but I do own a couple dishes.


23 posted on 08/31/2007 10:44:54 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: dakine

Its interesting that almost all of the “rich” states are blue states, while the poorer ones are mostly red states....


24 posted on 08/31/2007 10:46:25 AM PDT by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: gate2wire

I was trying to say they would have let you in the clubhouse...as a ‘dishwasher’....


25 posted on 08/31/2007 10:48:45 AM PDT by dakine
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To: dakine

Poor NJ!


26 posted on 08/31/2007 10:49:20 AM PDT by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: Hemorrhage

$300K in Texas or Alabama can get you a palatial estate . . .

Yah, you’re looking at a nice 4 bedroom house and 100 acres in Texas . . .


27 posted on 08/31/2007 10:53:23 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Yep, that pretty much sums it up.

What’s interesting about MS is the wife and I have a combined income of less than 100K and live in relative luxury. Oddly, that is thanks in part to MS being the poorest state as a result of what you mentioned. It’s a paradox.


28 posted on 08/31/2007 10:53:44 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Hemorrhage

$300k in MD is a down payment....


29 posted on 08/31/2007 10:54:53 AM PDT by dakine
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To: Greg F

Well, parts of Texas anyway.


30 posted on 08/31/2007 10:55:02 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: dakine

Not there. I don’t speak the language.


31 posted on 08/31/2007 10:56:20 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: dakine

“$300k in MD is a down payment....”

Sheesh, to which part of Md. did you move? Potomac?


32 posted on 08/31/2007 10:59:14 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: Greg F

>> Yah, you’re looking at a nice 4 bedroom house and 100 acres in Texas . . .

The cost-of-living, property values and tax system are the three biggest reasons I’ll likely never leave Texas ... and if I do, it’ll likely be to move to Florida, Colorado or somewhere in the deep south (with comparable property values, cost of living, and state taxes).

Conservative state, great property values, plenty of open space to actually OWN LAND (as opposed to living on top of one another), no income taxes, plenty of big cities, good suburbs, reasonable gas prices, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, concealed carry laws, prayer before high school football games, and we have the death penalty (and we USE it!).

What’s not to like?

God bless Texas!

H


33 posted on 08/31/2007 11:00:20 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Don't worry. History will get it right ... and we'll both be dead." - George W. Bush to Karl Rove)
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To: Hemorrhage

Great people in Texas . . .

But the weather!


34 posted on 08/31/2007 11:03:59 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Strategerist
Where do you think the Biotech and Defense contractors are getting their money?
35 posted on 08/31/2007 11:04:38 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: FormerACLUmember

lazy, incompetent government workers racking in mega-bucks...mostly federal “workers”.

Wow. You need to check out the pay scales. If you think you get wealthy working for the Fed, you’re nuckin’ futs.

BTW: In Tony Snow’s departing remarks today he said he was leaving because he was broke and had to make some money on the outside. He made somewhere around $185k and he was one of the highest paid.

Give it a break.


36 posted on 08/31/2007 11:05:49 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: Congressman Billybob

You’re right. I’m confusing cost of living vs industry production.


37 posted on 08/31/2007 11:06:09 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: ZGuy

Can you share the source of the image?


38 posted on 08/31/2007 11:07:27 AM PDT by B4Ranch ("Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.")
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To: dakine

Sorry, I’m not buying it. I have lived in both Kentucky and Maine, there is no way that the state of Kentucky came out lower than Maine. The report is a crock of ted kennedy blather!


39 posted on 08/31/2007 11:08:27 AM PDT by wearearepublic
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To: Vision

Surprised at Alaska? For some it’s very, very good. For others it is a disastrous gamble. Nevertheless, every year a fresh crop of hopefuls shows up and a similarly sized group of severely disappointed failures heads down the road. One thing it does is test a person’s character, not for ethics but for strength.


40 posted on 08/31/2007 11:08:28 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: gate2wire

hahaha...An ‘estate’ in palatial Elkridge....


41 posted on 08/31/2007 11:09:22 AM PDT by dakine
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To: dashing doofus

Yep, I noticed that too. Its funny....the folks in red states...work hard and feel honored with their paycheck...and live a good lifestyle. I grew up in Bama and was barely a mile away from Tennessee. I knew people who barely cleared a $1000 a month back in the 1990s, and had a garden out back with fresh vegetables and a couple head of cattle which they took one or two off each year to the local butcher. None of these people ever complained about anything.

Last year....one of my dad’s oldest friends...in his late 70’s...died. The guy had been a carpenter his entire life...working for the county school system. He owned a 80-acre farm and had owned five pick-up’s in his entire life (yes...only five from age 16 to age 70...the last one lasting 22 years when he died). No kids...just him and the wife. When he died...the relatives fell into a state of shock because the old guy had saved almost $750k and it was sitting in a group of CD accounts (none paying more than 4.5 percent). My dad said there are more of these guys around than folks realize. Money magazine probably never met folks like that...that just lived a simple life and never asked for anything much.


42 posted on 08/31/2007 11:09:46 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Greg F

>> Great people in Texas . . . But the weather!

With the amount of money we save in income taxes, cost-of-living, and property values ... we can afford to air condition heavily.

God Bless air conditioning.

Plus, the weather is only really bad from May to August ...
fall, winter and early spring are fantastic here.

H


43 posted on 08/31/2007 11:10:31 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Don't worry. History will get it right ... and we'll both be dead." - George W. Bush to Karl Rove)
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To: dakine

For all the liberals’ whining about capitalism’s inequities and the wisdom of government redistribution, it sure is telling that the richest state is the one where those doing the redistributing live and the poorest is supposed to be that money is going.


44 posted on 08/31/2007 11:12:24 AM PDT by VirginiaConstitutionalist (Socialized medicine kills.)
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To: dakine; Vision

I seem to remember reading that sometime ago. I’m just being a smart ass.
We’re neighbors. I live in Catonsville (as does Vision.)


45 posted on 08/31/2007 11:14:31 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: B4Ranch
You can see it by right-clicking on the image.

It is over at Redstate.com : http://www.redstate.com/files/NYsubsidies.jpg

It was in yesterday's stories here

46 posted on 08/31/2007 11:15:24 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: ZGuy

I am wondering if that isn’t misinformation since the blogger didn’t give a research source for the picture.

Maybe that is a picture of violent attacks and the large circles represent multiple attacks. Without a research source I could use it for any purpose.


47 posted on 08/31/2007 11:24:15 AM PDT by B4Ranch ("Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.")
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To: dakine

Maryland is probably home to more top federal agency managers and executives, more federal agency consultants and more very-well-paid K-street lobbyists than any other part of the country. I think this would be born out if the data was arranged by zip-code and one could see the zip-codes in Maryland (and their proximity to D.C.) that have the highest incomes, that raise the Maryland statewide average. I doubt if the average income in Baltimore is a great contributor to the high statewide ranking for Maryland.


48 posted on 08/31/2007 11:28:48 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: wearearepublic

Odd, I’ve lived in Kentucky my whole life and I never would have thought Maine would be poorer. Of course, there’s a lot of homegrown generating cashflow here.


49 posted on 08/31/2007 11:29:05 AM PDT by TheThinker (You don't support the troops if you undermine the war they are fighting right now.)
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To: ZGuy

Post a link. Where did you find that map?


50 posted on 08/31/2007 11:56:10 AM PDT by too much time (Georgia Public Education = a really bad joke)
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