Where The $200,000+ Crowd Lives

Where The Richest Americans Live

Taxes have been one of the most hotly debated topics in Washington and cuts for the wealthiest Americans are one of the most controversial subjects surrounding the issue. But how many rich people are there in the U.S., how much do they make and where do they live? And just what income do you qualify to be rich? According the data from the Census Bureau, there are currently 4.5 million households that earn over $200,000 per year, the highest wealth division compiled in Census reports, which is ap
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Taxes have been one of the most hotly debated topics in Washington and cuts for the wealthiest Americans are one of the most controversial subjects surrounding the issue.

But how many rich people are there in the U.S., how much do they make and where do they live? And just what income do you qualify to be rich?

According the data from the Census Bureau, there are currently 4.5 million households that earn over $200,000 per year, the highest wealth division compiled in Census reports, which is approximately 3.8% of all households in the country. The average income of those making over $250,000 is $425,226 and there were 2.37 million households in this range as of 2009, although this data is not broken down by state.

With Census Bureau data from their National Data Book 2010 Statistical Abstract, we’ve outlined the states that have the highest proportion of households with annual incomes in excess of $200,000. Among the states with the lowest proportion of $200,000+ households are West Virginia (1.4%), South Dakota (1.81%) and Arkansas (1.86%).

So, what are the states with the most high-income households? Click ahead to find out!

By Paul Toscano
Updated 14 Dec 2010

15. Minnesota

Total households: 2,062,681 Households earning $200K+: 77,772 Median income: $55,956
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 3.8%
Total households: 2,062,681
Households earning $200K+: 77,772
Median income: $55,956

14. Texas

Total households: 8,244,022 Households earning $200K+: 313,681 Median income: $47,143
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 3.9%
Total households: 8,244,022
Households earning $200K+: 313,681
Median income: $47,143

13. Washington

Total households: 2,501,509 Households earning $200K+: 99,636 Median income: $58,964

% of Households Earning $200K+: 4.0%
Total households: 2,501,509
Households earning $200K+: 99,636
Median income: $58,964

12. Colorado

Total Households: 1,859,965 Households Earning $200K+: 76,216 Median Income: $59,964
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 4.1%
Total Households: 1,859,965
Households Earning $200K+: 76,216
Median Income: $59,964

11. New Hampshire

Total Households: 501,505 Households Earning $200K+: 20,899 Median Income: $66,654

% of Households Earning $200K+: 4.2%
Total Households: 501,505
Households Earning $200K+: 20,899
Median Income: $66,654

10. Illinois

Total Households: 4,759,579 Households Earning $200K+: 208,385 Median Income: $53,413
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 4.4%
Total Households: 4,759,579
Households Earning $200K+: 208,385
Median Income: $53,413

9. Hawaii

Total Households: 439,685 Households Earning $200K+: 19,876 Median Income: $61,055

% of Households Earning $200K+: 4.5%
Total Households: 439,685
Households Earning $200K+: 19,876
Median Income: $61,055

8. New York

Total Households: 7,099,940
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 5.6%
Total Households: 7,099,940 =
Households Earning $200K+: 399,014
Median Income: $50,372

7. Virginia

Total Households: 2,932,234 Households Earning $200K+: 165,998 Median Income: $61,151

% of Households Earning $200K+: 5.7%
Total Households: 2,932,234
Households Earning $200K+: 165,998
Median Income: $61,151

6. California

Total Households: 12,200,672 Households Earning $200K+: 757,411 Median Income: $56,862

% of Households Earning $200K+: 6.2%
Total Households: 12,200,672
Households Earning $200K+: 757,411
Median Income: $56,862

5. Massachusetts

Total Households: 2,449,133 Households Earning $200K+: 152,348 Median Income: $59,981
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 6.22%
Total Households: 2,449,133
Households Earning $200K+: 152,348
Median Income: $59,981

4. Maryland

Total Households: 2,082,458 Households Earning $200K+: 142,694 Median Income: $65,183
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 6.9%
Total Households: 2,082,458
Households Earning $200K+: 142,694
Median Income: $65,183

3. New Jersey

Total Households: 3,149,910Households Earning $200K+: 235,278Median Income: $64,143
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 7.5%
Total Households: 3,149,910
Households Earning $200K+: 235,278
Median Income: $64,143

2. Connecticut

Total Households: 1,320,714 Households Earning $200K+: 105,433 Median Income: $65,213
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 8.0%
Total Households: 1,320,714
Households Earning $200K+: 105,433
Median Income: $65,213

1. District of Columbia

Total Households: 251,039 Households Earning $200K+: 21,194 Median Income: $53,685
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% of Households Earning $200K+: 8.4%
Total Households: 251,039
Households Earning $200K+: 21,194
Median Income: $53,685