News Release

EMBARGOED UNTIL RELEASE: 8:30 A.M. EST, Thursday, November 16, 2017
BEA 17-60

Local Area Personal Income, 2016

Personal income grew in 2016 in 2,285 counties, fell in 795, and was unchanged in 33, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. On average, personal income rose 2.5 percent in 2016 in the metropolitan portion of the United States and rose 1.0 percent in the nonmetropolitan portion. Personal income growth in 2016 ranged from -40.8 percent in Kenedy County, Texas to 27.1 percent in Tillman County, Oklahoma.

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Personal income is the income received by, or on behalf of, all persons from all sources: from participation as laborers in production, from owning a home or unincorporated business, from the ownership of financial assets, and from government and business in the form of transfer receipts. It includes income from domestic sources as well as from the rest of the world.

Personal income is the income that is available to persons for consumption expenditures, taxes, interest payments, transfer payments to governments and the rest of the world, or for saving. Personal income for 2016 ranged from $4.4 million in Loving County, Texas to $563.9 billion in Los Angeles County, California.

Per capita personal income–personal income divided by population–is a useful metric for making comparisons of the level of personal income across counties. Table 1 presents estimates of per capita personal income by state and county. In 2016, it ranged from $16,267 in Wheeler County, Georgia to $199,635 in Teton County, Wyoming.

The county personal income estimates released today continue the successively more detailed series of data releases from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) depicting the geographic distribution of the nation’s personal income for 2016. National estimates of personal income for 2016 were released in January 2017, followed by preliminary state personal income estimates in March. The county personal income estimates also incorporate the results of the annual updates of the national income and product accounts (NIPAs) and state personal income accounts, which were released in July and September 2017, respectively. The personal income estimates released today provide the first glimpse of personal income for 2016 in counties and metropolitan statistical areas. The geographic picture will be completed with the release of real personal income for states and metropolitan areas in May 2018.

The entire historical time series for the Local Area Personal Income estimates discussed in this release can be accessed in BEA's Interactive Data Application.


Next release: May 17, 2018 at 8:30 A.M. EDT – Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas, 2016