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.
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.
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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.