Personal Income by County and Metropolitan Area, 2021
In 2021, personal income increased in 3,075 counties, decreased in 36, and was unchanged in 3, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Personal income increased 7.4 percent in the metropolitan portion of the United States and 7.7 percent in the nonmetropolitan portion (table A). In metropolitan counties, the percent change in personal income ranged from 34.9 percent in Lynn County, TX, to −1.8 percent in Power County, ID. In nonmetropolitan counties, it ranged from 60.9 percent in Throckmorton County, TX, to −12.2 percent in Chouteau County, MT (BEA interactive data).
Per capita personal income. In the metropolitan portion of the United States, per capita personal income—personal income divided by population—increased 7.3 percent in 2021, up from 6.0 percent in 2020. In the nonmetropolitan portion of the United States, per capita personal income increased 7.5 percent, down from 7.9 percent. Table 1 presents estimates of per capita personal income by state and county.
The county personal income estimates released today provide more geographic detail on the nation’s personal income for 2021. National estimates of personal income for 2021 were first released in February 2022, followed by preliminary state personal income estimates in March. The personal income estimates released today provide the first glimpse of personal income for 2021 in counties and metropolitan statistical areas. Real personal income for states, metropolitan areas, and state metropolitan and nonmetropolitan portions of the United States will be released on December 15, 2022.
Annual update to county and metropolitan area personal income
The estimates for 2021 incorporate the results of BEA's annual update of county and metropolitan area personal income that was also released today. The annual estimates of county and metropolitan area personal income for 2014 to 2020 were revised. The update incorporates revised source data that are more complete and more detailed than previously available, the results of the September 2022 annual update of the National Income and Product Accounts, and the results of the September 2022 annual update of state personal income.
BEA also released new estimates of per capita personal income for 2021, along with revised estimates for 2010 to 2020. BEA used U.S. Census Bureau (Census) population figures to calculate per capita personal income estimates for 2020 and 2021. For 2010 through 2019, BEA used intercensal population statistics that it developed based on Census’ methodology. See ”Note on Per Capita Personal Income and Population.”
Next release: November 16, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. EST
Personal Income by County and Metropolitan Area, 2022