Today the AP published lists of the US's 10 richest/poorest states and 20 richest/poorest counties. The state list placed Minnesota seventh with a median household income of $50,750 (Connecticut placed first at $56,409). Two Twin Cities metro suburban counties appeared on that top 20 list: Carver at number 16 and Scott at number 17, with median incomes a little over $74,000. Los Alamos County, New Mexico led the pack at $93,089.
In a pair of lists dominated mostly by the East Coast (highest incomes) and South (lowest), the only other Midwestern state to appear on radar was South Dakota: Three of its counties rank among the country's 20 poorest. Buffalo County has the lowest median income in the US ($17,003), and Ziebach County is third-lowest. Todd County also appears on the list. All 17 of the remaining counties on the list are in states in the deep South or in the Kentucky/Appalachian region.