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Maryland boasts the highest median household income in the country, making it the richest state in the U.S. With its close proximity to Washington, D.C. (it borders the nation’s capital on three sides), the state is home to several federal agencies including the National Security Agency, which employs the largest number of mathematicians in the U.S.
Perhaps more surprising than which state tops the richest list is which states didn’t make the top ten—including New York, which is home to three of the 25 richest towns in America. (By comparison, Maryland only claims one town in the top 25 list: Travilah, which holds the 24th spot.)
The country’s 49th and 50th states did rank among the top 10 richest states with Alaska clocking in at number 7 and Hawaii at number 3. New Hampshire, another low-population state, also cracked the top ten list.
The ranking of richest states was created using data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau as part of its American Community Survey. Find out more about the country's richest states below.