Imperial County recorded the lowest median income in the state, according to information released last week.
The county’s median income in 2009 was $22,841, less than half of some other areas in the state, according to data from the state Franchise Tax Board.
Median income is the point where one-half of the income reported on tax returns is above and one-half is below the midpoint, according to a press release from the board. Median income represents the amount reported by a typical California individual or couple.
The overall state median income decreased 5 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to the press release. Overall $1.08 trillion was reported in gross income.
Median income by county in 2009
$22,841 — Imperial County
$25,302 — Tulare County
$34,079 — State average
$47,754 — San Mateo County
$48,172 — Tulare County
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