Breaking Down Incomes by County in Indiana and the U.S.

There are approximately 3,000 counties in the United States. The "approximate" comes from whether you include Louisiana parishes and Alaska boroughs in that total. Delaware has the fewest counties (3) and Texas the most (254).

How much money can you expect to make (or at least what is the per capita personal income) if you live in a particular county? The Governing web site has compiled data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, with a map that shows 1990, 2000, 2009 and 2010 income figures for each county — and that’s a lot of county shapes and numbers.

The top five U.S. counties with the highest per capita personal income:

  1. New York (New York): $111,386
  2. Teton (Wyoming: $94,672
  3. Marin (California): 82,936
  4. Sully (South Dakota): 80,165 (an increase from $26,832 in 1990)
  5. Alexandria (Virginia): $79,967

Check out the totals for the 92 counties in Indiana and beyond on the interactive map.

Where Hoosiers Live to Make More Money

Per capita personal income is not created equally across all 92 Indiana counties. It never has been, but a look at the income impacts of the recession provides some interesting disparities.

The credit for the analysis goes to Rachel Justis of the Indiana Business Research Center at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Check out her work here.

When per capita income ranges from nearly $49,000 in Boone County to less than $22,000 in LaGrange County, it’s a subject worthy of a closer look. A map provides information for all counties and charts detail those that experienced the greatest change and show a dramatic drop in counties that equal the U.S. per capita figure.