- New Hampshire: New Hampshire has the lowest crime rates in the country, the 4th lowest unemployment rates, and the 9th highest personal income per capita, making it the most economically buoyant state in the country.
- New York: New York City's median salary, $64,535, is lower than 10 other states' highest median salaries.
- Connecticut: Connecticut has the highest personal income per capita in the country, at $56,556.
- Maryland: Fans of The Wire will be unsurprised to learn that although parts of Maryland are very wealthy, the state has the 7th highest crime rates in the country.
- Rhode Island: Rhode Island has the 15th highest personal income per capita figures, as well as 18th lowest crime rates, but its high unemployment figures (46th) keep it in the middle of the pack.
- California: Sunnyvale, CA, has the highest median salary of all the states' highest paying cities, but California's high unemployment rates (12.9%, or 3.1% higher than the national average) means it's not as economically buoyant overall as other states.
- South Carolina: South Carolina has the fifth highest unemployment rates, the third highest crime rates, and the fourth lowest per capita income. Still, its city with the highest median income, Aiken, has a higher median income than 18 other states'.