WASHINGTON — WITH the U.S. economy showing signs of turning around and job growth increasing, a new report shows that the median income of a typical American family is still well below its peak in 2009.
In the latest edition of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, the median annual income in the 50 states and the District of Columbia was $40,836 in 2017, up 0.1 percent from 2016.
The national average was $43,737 in 2017.
But the increase in median income was not evenly spread among the states.
For example, the average income in Alaska was $27,937 in the 2017 survey, compared with $38,921 in 2016.
That marked a 0.6 percent increase.
The biggest increase in income occurred in Florida, where the median was $30,907 in 2017 and the national average of $38.7 million in 2017 was $31,908.
Alaska and Mississippi, the two states that had the biggest increases in median household income, had the highest increases.
In California, the most populous state, the state median income rose to $35,622 in 2017 from $34,636 in 2016, a 0,6 percent gain.
The median income for a family of four in Texas rose by more than 2 percent to $37,965 in 2017 compared with an increase of 2.5 percent to the national median of $37.9 million in 2016 and a 0 percent increase in the national income of $41,813 in 2016 — a 3.3 percent increase compared with a 4.2 percent increase nationwide.
The top 10 states with the largest increases in income were: Texas ($47,085); Louisiana ($42,853); New York ($42