19. Hawaii and Alaska Break The Norm
Hawaii and Alaska, two states that are not part of the contiguous United States, rely heavily on tourism to boost their economies. In Hawaii, a state where many people suffer from homelessness and property values are almost prohibitively high, you need to make $310,500 to be in the top one percent of earners and considered rich. However, the average income for people in the top one percent is nearly $800,000. Why? Because those at the top make a lot of money.
Alaska has an oil-based economy, and the few who run the oil fields are not surprisingly some of the country’s wealthiest people. You have to make $400,000 a year to break into the top one percent in this frozen state, and the average income for those in the top one percent is over $900,000. Like Hawaii, Alaska has massive income inequality and exceptionally high levels of poverty and homelessness.