W.Va. area ranks low in high-income households

Census Bureau says W.Va.'s Weirton area has among lowest percentage of high-income households

Associated Press

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The U.S. Census Bureau says West Virginia's Weirton and Steubenville metropolitan area is one of two in the country with the lowest percentage of high-income households.

It defines high income as being in the top 5 percent of national income distribution, which is a household income of at least $191,469 per year.

According to the report, only 1.3 percent of households in the area that includes two counties in the Northern Panhandle and one in Ohio were considered high income.

Conversely, the New York City suburbs in Connecticut had the highest percentage of high-income households at 17.9 percent.

The report says coastal areas had large proportions of counties with high concentrations of high-income households. The area comprised of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, tended to have low concentrations of such households.

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