Annual Incomes of the United States

Highest earning locations earn over $182,000 a year while lowest earning states see just over $70,000

M. Grace Rittenhouse
1 min readNov 28, 2022


Data collected through the United States Census Bureau shows the average income for a family of four based on tax documents filed in 2022.

Families in 28 of the states plus the District of Columbia achieved an average of over $100,000 per year. Illinois ranked number 16 with a median family income of $113,649.

The District of Columbia had the highest median family income in the country at $182,068. The lowest average income was reported to be New Mexico with a total of $70,316 for a family of four.

Places with higher incomes tend to have higher costs of living. For example, Massachusetts’ median family income was $148,713. But the average cost for just a one-bedroom apartment in the state’s largest city, Boston, is $3,000 per month. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a one-bedroom apartment averages to $1,086 per month.

The data for annual income in likely to change as the 2022 midterm elections granted an increase to minimum wages in Nebraska and Nevada.

Here in Illinois, a 2019 law started a gradual increase of minimum wages that will end at $15 per hour by 2025. As of January, 2022 the state’s minimum wage stands at $12 an hour.

The interactive map below shows the median family income of each state in 2021.

Interactive Map