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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012 the Median Income across the United States in 2009 was $50,221. 19 out of 22 Conservative States had a lower than average Median Income (86% of Conservative States) versus 11 out of 29 Liberal States that had a lower than average Median Income (38% of Liberal States). The lowest Median Income in the country is found in Mississippi with $36,646. The highest Median Income in the country is found in Maryland with $69,272.

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Source: 2012-13-income.pdf No. 706

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  •  Before asking "why" please read this FAQ and Diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Please, before asking why a state is classified as "conservative" or "liberal", read the website's FAQ or this Daily Kos Diary.

    Thank you.

  •  Which entails greater income inequality. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  At least for Georgia, the answer is that (1+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler

    it's a very socialist state, but the people don't know it. When services are communally provided, it's not necessary for individual households to spend as much money.
    What the citizens are really opposed to is the national or federal government telling them what to do.  They don't mind the revenue sharing, just the strings that often come along with the bucks. They want the goodies, but they don't want to pay.
    Small government means government by people you know and trust.  The untrustworthy ones they send to Washington.
    The question I don't know the answer to is why the Republican party seems to have collapsed.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Tue May 08, 2012 at 04:23:58 PM PDT

  •  Sometimes "duh" just doesn't cover it. (0+ / 0-)

    If they had won the Civil War, those states would now be third-world countries full of roving Mad Max gangs and Somalia-like warlords.

    Our Germans are better zan zeyr Germans.

    by Troubadour on Tue May 08, 2012 at 04:29:02 PM PDT

  •  Red states are welfare states. (2+ / 0-)
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    blueness, camlbacker

    They live off the dole provided by blue states.

    Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." ― Isaac Asimov

    by Pluto on Tue May 08, 2012 at 04:35:34 PM PDT

  •  Data needs to be adjusted for purchasing power (2+ / 0-)
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    Utahrd, Texas Lefty

    The cost of living in Oaklahoma is far lower than New York City.  Economists generally make adjustments to this type of a data in different geographies for "Purchasing Power Parity." A family income of $50,000 in NYC is a very different situation than $50,000 in Tulsa, OK.

    In addition, income should be adjusted for taxes inclusive of State income, sales and property taxes.

    Congratulations on using medium income rather than average income - so as to not skew the data towards where the rich live.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Tue May 08, 2012 at 06:01:58 PM PDT

    •  Per capita or family? (0+ / 0-)

      Like the joke from Reason Magazine goes:

       - Liberals :  1.7 children per family

       - Conservatives : 2.3 children per family

       - Libertarians : Whacking it to Hentai in their parents' basement

      Our big families here in Utah drive down our per capita income figures to a Mississippi level but we do OK on family income.

      •  Interesting (0+ / 0-)

        The general way to answer this type of question is to consider what is it that one wants to analyze.

        Of course other differences between states include average age of the state - lots of childless elderly couples; frequency of single heads of households, etc.

        When CBO did their study a few months back on household incomes from 1977 to 2007, they adjusted household income with a factor that divided by the square root of the number of members in the household.

        In today's economy with jobs and compensation for work being a major issue, looking at median wages for those employed could be the most interesting - after adjustments for purchasing power and taxes.  This is interesting because it directly addresses how well people who work for a living do.  This filters out retirement and investment incomes.

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Tue May 08, 2012 at 09:40:34 PM PDT

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  •  People scared of losing what little they have.... (0+ / 0-)

    are easily played for saps if they've been raised on fear

  •  You don't understand. In the eyes of the (0+ / 0-)

    republicans, this demonstrates that their program is working perfectly. Their workers will starve first.

    I thought I heard a boy cry, "Wolf!"

    by socalmonk on Tue May 08, 2012 at 07:58:34 PM PDT

  •  Arizona, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Montana (1+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler

    The Native Americans in these states do not have a very high income and don't often vote Republican.

  •  You should watch video and read The Spirit Level (0+ / 0-)

    book by Richard Wilkinson, which explains income inequality and shows up the Red states in a very negative light, on every single statistical measure.

    "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage

    by ontario on Tue May 08, 2012 at 09:30:07 PM PDT

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