The Federal Bureau of Economic Analysis has released its county-level estimates of per capita personal income (total personal income divided by population) for 2009, and apparently the people of Miami-Dade brought in $36,357 each on average. That's a much smaller figure than most of our neighboring counties, though compared to the rest of South Florida, Miami-Dade saw the smallest decrease between 2008 and 2009.
That $36,357 figure represents a small decrease of about 0.8 percent from the 2008 figure of $36,956. Though that is up from 2007, when the PCPI was $35,927.
Overall, Miami-Dade ranked 19th in the state for PCPI.
So which counties are making the most money per person? Dade borders the top two.
Monroe county, which includes the Keys, made $60,173 per person and had the highest level of PCPI in the state. Collier County, our neighbor to the west, came in second with a PCPI of $60,049. Though both of those counties saw their levels fall by 3.8 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively. It's the first year in recent memory when Collier fell from the top spot.
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Broward residents made $41,185 on average, with a fall of 4.2 percent since 2008. Palm Beach residents had a PCPI of $57,461 (fourth in the state). Though they fell by 4.9 percent, the steepest decrease in the state.
Not every county in Florida saw a decrease. Hamilton county saw the biggest bounce, with an increase of 5.3 percent, but is still the third poorest in the state.
Lafayette County came in dead last with a PCPI of $19,309.