Per capita income

Per capita income (PCI) = (total personal income ÷ total population)

In 2009, only five Wisconsin counties (Ozaukee, Waukesha, Dane, Door, and Columbia) had per capita incomes (PCI) higher that the U.S. average of $39,595. The PCI in sixty-seven Wisconsin counties was lower than the national average.

In some counties the difference was relatively small . However, in several Wisconsin counties the PCI was significantly lower than the national and state averages.

QUESTION: In how many Wisconsin counties was the 2009 per capita income more than $5,000 below the national average of $39,595?

A. 23
B. 28
C. 38
D. 45


D. 45
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), forty five of Wisconsin’s seventy two counties had annual per capita incomes ( PCI) more than $5,000 less than the Wisconsin PCI of $39,595 (or less than $34,595) in 2009.

Does $39,595 seem high? The BEA calculation utilizes a very comprehensive measure of person income. In addition to wages and salaries, it includes employer provided benefits such as health insurance. Personal income also includes dividends, interest, capital gains, social security and retirement benefits, transfer payments, and other types of income.

Get it wrong again? Well, you had a lot of company as 80 percent answered the question incorrectly. For the record, i was so surprised by the answer I rechecked the data a third time just to make sure.

Similar information for all counties.

Step 1: Select the County Personal Income and Employment drop down menu;

Step 2: Select Personal Income and Population (CA1-3).

As always, let me know if you need help finding data for your county or if you have questions or comments
For questions, contact Bill Pinkovitz