Combined personal income is on the increase in 49 states, according to data from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
“Over the past year, this key economic indicator recorded widespread gains, rising in all states except Rhode Island as of the fourth quarter of 2018,” Pew reports.
Combined personal income reflects multiple forms of income received by all residents, not just paychecks. For example, it includes Social Security benefits, employers’ contributions to retirement plans and health insurance, and benefits from government programs like Medicare.
But which states saw the most dramatic increase in combined personal income during 2018?
To answer that question, Pew analyzed data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Expansion of personal income over the past year was widespread across the country, not in any one region, Pew found.
In fact, Pew’s analysis found that personal income totals have bounced back in all states since 2007, the start of the Great Recession, but have grown at far different rates since that benchmark.
Following are the 13 states that saw the biggest increases in combined personal income over the past year. We have ranked them based on those increases.