The purchasing power of personal incomes grew for most metro areas between 2009 and 2012 as the economy recovered.
The map below shows percentage changes in real per capita personal income over the three-year period, as estimated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Metro areas recording the largest gains in purchasing power are shaded in dark green; those experiencing declines are shaded brown.
In computing the estimates, BEA accounted for regional price levels of consumption goods and services and changes in in a national price index.
Pan the map to view Alaska and Hawaii.
The little growth that is occurring is confined to a relatively few regions. See how your area compares.
The state's high cost of living has pushed hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-income workers to other states,
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Some of the starkest illustrations of the uneven recovery are shown by a new measure estimating real personal income. See how data for each metro area compares.