Thursday, January 9th, 2014

More Fun With Per Capita Incomes

After yesterday’s post, I thought I’d throw up some additional comparisons, this time at the metro level. County and metro per capita incomes only go back to 1969, not 1929, but there are still interesting things to see. I’ll post these without analysis for you to ponder on your own. Again, all data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, with charts via Telestrian.

The five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan=New York County, Brooklyn=Kings County, Staten Island=Richmond County). In the case of Manhattan, it’s worth noting that this is a mean not a median value.

New York vs. Los Angeles. Keep in mind, the exurbs of LA are technically considered a separate metro area (Riverside-San Bernardino) and so aren’t included in the LA metro figures:

Chicago vs. Indianapolis:

Denver vs. the Twin Cities vs. Seattle:

Atlanta vs. Dallas-Ft. Worth vs. Houston:

Memphis vs. Nashville:

Cincinnati vs. Cleveland vs. Columbus:

Topics: Demographic Analysis, Economic Development
Cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Seattle

3 Responses to “More Fun With Per Capita Incomes”

  1. Matthew Hall says:

    For all the hype about Columbus, I would have though that its numbers would have been MUCH better. What’s going on there?

  2. Many rapidly growing cities of similar profile have declining per capita incomes vs. the US average. Indy is one, Austin, etc.

  3. DowntownIndy (Evan) says:

    Kind of interesting to see Chicago trend downwards over the past 60 years well Indianapolis has just been holding steady around the 100% mark. If adjusted for cost of living Indy would be even closer if not above Chicago on income. Especially with regards to taxes.

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