Median household income

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Why This Indicator Matters

Median household income is frequently used to compare economic status and living standards between different cities, states, or countries. On an individual household level, household income is used to determine if a household can afford to make payments on a mortgage on a home.

What the data shows
In 2016, the rural counties of Washington and Piscataquis had median household incomes about $30,000 less than the urban southern Maine counties of Cumberland and York.  Since 2012, .the median household income increased 13% statewide, but the rural counties of Piscataquis, Washington and Aroostook Counties have had their median incomes increase 0.2%, 3% and 5% respectively.
So not only do these counties have low median household incomes, the differences in median income between these counties and other counties is getting larger.  The counties with the largest increases in median household income were: Waldo (21%), Franklin (19%), Hancock (18%), and Cumberland (18%).
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