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Conn. Suburbs Lead in Personal Income

From Associated Press

Residents of the Connecticut suburbs of New York City had a per capita personal income in 1988 nearly four times higher than those of a South Texas metropolitan area at the bottom of a new government list.

The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk-Danbury, Conn., area retained its top ranking with per capita personal income of $29,084, compared with $7,302 for the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Tex., area, the Commerce Department said.

The Connecticut suburbs also were at the top of the 1987 list of 319 metropolitan areas surveyed by the department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission was last in 1987, too.

For the nation as a whole, per capita income in 1988 was $16,490, up from $15,484 a year earlier. Per capita personal income is the annual total personal income of residents divided by the area population.

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New York City was the richest metropolitan area in terms of total personal income with $174.74 billion in 1988, the study found. Enid, Okla., was at the other end with a total personal income of $873 million.

Following New York at the top of the total personal income list were Los Angeles-Long Beach, $161.37 billion; Chicago, $118.48 billion; Philadelphia-N.J., $91.05 billion; Washington-Md.-Va., $86.54 billion; Boston-Lawrence-Salem-Lowell-Brockton, Mass., $83.11 billion; Detroit, $80.75 billion; Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y., $63.16 billion; Houston, $52.58 billion, and Anaheim-Santa Ana, $51.35 billion.

Newark, N.J., which ranked 12th in 1983, rose to ninth in 1988 with per capita personal income of $22,963. Anchorage, Alaska, dropped from first to 17th with per capita income of $21,840.

Following the Connecticut suburbs of New York City were San Francisco, $26,309; Bergen-Passaic, N.J., $25,388; Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, N.J., $25,140; Lake County, Ill., $24,009; Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y., $23,832; San Jose, Calif., $23,181; Washington-Md.-Va., $23,175; and Newark, N.J., and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, Fla., both with $22,824.

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