1. New HampshireThe Median Income runs from $65,028 in New Hampshire to $58,404 in Washington (State). Five out of the top ten are located in the Northeast, and if you want to include Maryland and Virginia for geographic continuity, then seven out of the top ten. While the Median Incomes are the highest out of all the 50 states, when you factor in cost of living, it becomes more relative. Also, in many of these states there is a strong Organized Labor movement and have a history of electing Progressives and Liberals. Now the poorest states:
2. New Jersey
6. Virginia (NOVA's Median Income is much higher than the rest of the state)
10. Washington (State)
50. MississippiThe Median Income for this group runs from $42,423 in Louisiana to the lowest of $35,693 in Mississippi. Nine out of the ten states in this bottom group are concentrated in the South. Montana is the only one in this list that is not geographically located in the South. These states are primarily Right-to-Work states, relatively weak Organized Labor movements, and have a strong history of electing Conservatives.
48. West Virginia
46. South Carolina
42. North Carolina
As we know, Conservatives are huge advocates of deregulation and pure free market Capitalism. They favor tax codes that are relatively flat or consumption based rather than the current progressive income tax code. They also favor little or no taxation on businesses and corporations. Cost of living is relatively low in this area, as well as wages. Public Schools are either very well funded or crumbling, depending on which part of the city or county a person lives.
There are pockets of economic vitality and prosperity, but one to two streets over you run into abject poverty. It would seem that for Conservatives, this is what personal responsibility and the American Dream resembles. As the saying goes, "Birds of a feather fock together."