November 16, 2021

In 2020, personal income increased in 3,040 counties, decreased in 69, and was unchanged in 3. Personal income increased 6.4 percent in the metropolitan portion of the United States and increased 7.6 percent in the nonmetropolitan portion. Personal income estimates were impacted by the response to the spread of COVID-19, as governments issued and lifted “stay-at-home” orders. The full economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be quantified in the local area personal income estimates, because the impacts are generally embedded in source data and cannot be separately identified.

  • In metropolitan counties, the percent change in personal income ranged from 24.6 percent in Power County, ID, to −8.9 percent in Lynn County, TX.
  • In nonmetropolitan counties, it ranged from 57.3 percent in Clark County, SD, to −18.9 percent in Skagway Municipality, AK.

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