BEA: Per capita income in Bristol County highest in state in 2018

PERSONAL INCOME increased 4.7% in Rhode Island in 2018 to $54,850, a slower rise than the national 4.9% increase on the year to $54,446. / COURTESY BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
PERSONAL INCOME increased 4.7% in Rhode Island in 2018 to $54,850, a slower rise than the national 4.9% increase on the year to $54,446. / COURTESY BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

PROVIDENCE Bristol County has the highest per capita income of any county in Rhode Island, with per capita personal income in 2018 increasing 5.9% to $78,805. The county also boasts the fastest per capita income growth rate in the state.

Per capita personal income in Rhode Island increased 4.7% year over year in 2018 to $54,850, while in the United States, per capita income increased 4.9% on the year to $54,446.

The data comes from a Bureau of Economic Analysis report released Thursday, detailing income statistics for all counties in the United States.

  • The second highest per capita income in the state is in Newport County, along with the second highest growth rate, rising 5.5% to $68,679 in 2018.
  • Washington County has the third highest per capita income and percent increase in 2018, growing 5.4% to $64,158 for the year.
  • Kent County has a per capita income of $59,665, ranking No. 4 in the state for income and growth rate.
  • Providence County has the lowest per capita income in the state at $48,137, increasing 4.3% in 2018.

In Bristol County, Mass., per capita income is $54,089, a 4.6% increase for 2018. Massachusetts per capita income increased 5.1% on the year to $71,683.

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The report said that in 2018, personal income increased in 3,019 counties, decreased in 91, and was unchanged in 3 across the country.

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