I am looking for mean and median per capita income data for each US-American state and for each decadal year from 1950 to 2010. Ideally, I would like to see the data combined in one data set (in total or per year).

I have found quite a few data sets already but most them date only back to the 1970ies or 80ies. Also, I found this series of data sets where the income data is listed separately for each state but (for now) I would like to save me the trouble of downloading and merging all of these individually. I assume, there must exist some complete data sets on this topic.

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note the below data is for US-wide and not individual states.

It's the same data source, but you can get the FRED data but as a national sum from Quandl.

Monthly, from 1959. Refreshed automatically:


The direct link to FRED is provided on the Quandl page for validation: http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/data/A229RX0.csv

With Quandl you get some API or python/r/matlab libraries. For example:


The FRED data on Quandl is here: https://www.quandl.com/data/FRED-Federal-Reserve-Economic-Data

I also checked your original link and it's possible to export more than one state at a time (although not ALL at once)

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The click "Add to Graph"

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Then click Download button.

  • Thank you for the detailed answer, philshem. I can already foresee, that in the end I might have to download all of the files in my link (thank you for the tip with multiple downloads!) but I thought median income per state should be so obvious that some complete data set must exist somewhere already. Let's see if anyone else knows one. Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 20:58
  • If you do collect the individual states, consider repackaging and sharing the data in an easier to access format (it wouldn't have to be automatically updated).
    – philshem
    Commented Mar 3, 2017 at 8:14

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