Twin Cities' median income among highest in nation

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The Twin Cities had a higher median income in 2011 than New York, L.A., or Chicago.
According to the most recent government data, the median income in the Twin Cities is among the nation's highest, unadjusted for cost of living.

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The median income ranking, put together by Minnesota Compass, comes on the heels of other studies showing that Minnesota has a historically hot job market and was among America's leaders is personal income growth last year. In sum, Minnesota's economy -- in the Twin Cities particularly -- appears to be humming along quite nicely, though it's another question whether that sound is perceptible to job seekers.

Here's the list of the top cities for median incomes:

Minnesota Compass

With the state as a whole among the nation's leaders in personal income growth in 2012, it's a good bet the Twin Cities' median income ranking will be strong again next year. It's something to keep in mind next time you're thinking of bolting for New York or L.A.

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MicheleBachmann topcommenter

If only we would be more like Alabama and North Dakota!   They have low taxes and look at how high those red states are represented on this list.   When will you stupid liberals learn to be more like these conservative places like San Francisco and Boston!    

swmnguy topcommenter

It's also vastly cheaper to live here than in most of the other places on that list.  MSP has a higher median income than NYC?  That's gotta hurt.  And San Francisco's median income doesn't come close to the cost of living out there.  You have to look two hours east, inland, to find anything like comparable housing costs in the Bay Area.  For only 10% more income?  Harsh.

Zane Holmin
Zane Holmin

yet we have higher than average income inequalities (nationwide comparison) in regards to ethnicity and race


@Zane Holmin And whose fault is that?


@keny1 ummm..... that's a complex answer....?

mingtran topcommenter

Self awareness is not one of your strong suits.

Drewey topcommenter

@mingtran That's cute...bumper sticker?  The perpetuation of racism by the "calling people racist is racist" crowd.  The government couldn't hold a candle to you my friend.  But hey, at least keny likes your comment.

mingtran topcommenter

I don't support racism, the government does. You're the government. You're racist.

Drewey topcommenter

For being the worlds preeminent free thinker, you sure spout the same old unoriginal racist bullshit.

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