Median Household Income
Median Income is the middle value of all the incomes in an area, arranged in order. It is generally accepted as the best measure of most people's experience. Income includes monies received on a regular basis, such as wages and salaries, but not capital gains. It also does not include non-cash benefits such as food stamps or health benefits.
About the Data
Income estimates are available from several U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics sources. In order to derive a single estimate for the 69-county DRIVE region, we used the Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE), because it includes population data. SAIPE are modeled estimates that use data from the American Community Survey and other sources. We averaged the SAIPE median household income estimates weighted by the population estimate for each county.