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1960 Census: Population, Supplementary Reports: Per Capita and Median Family Income in 1959, for States, Standard Metropolitan Areas, and Counties

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This report presents per capita and median family money incomes ranked in ascending order, from the lowest to the highest money income levels. The data are presented in four tables--table 1 shows data for the United States by State; table 2 shows data for standard metropolitan statistical areas; and tables 3 and 4 show data for counties.

Of the 50 States and the District of Columbia, Mississippi ranked lowest in both per capita ($967) and median family income ($2,884). Nevada was the highest ranking State in per capita income ($2,356), whereas Alaska ranked highest in median family income ($7,305). The per capita income in the District of Columbia was higher than that of any State ($2,404). Of the 212 standard metropolitan statistical areas, the Stamford, Conn., SMSA ranked highest in both per capita ($3,785) and median family money income ($8,745). The Laredo, Tex., SMSA ranked lowest in both per capita ($937) and median family income ($2,952).

As shown in table A, there was considerable difference in the proportion of the population residing in counties with per capita incomes in the lowest decile (between $424 and $828), and the proportion residing in counties with per capita income in the highest decile (between $1,887 and $3,541). Counties in the lowest decile (tenth) group contained only about 3 percent of the total population, whereas counties in the highest decile group contained 49 percent.

The PDF to the right contains the 72-page report.


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A Note on Language

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