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Source: http://www.statcan.ca/english/Pgdb/famil61f.htm

Definition of source: http://www.statcan.ca/english/Pgdb/deffamil61f.htm#Notes

(Canadian statistics reported in Canadian dollars)

These stats are from 1995, so they are a bit outdated - by 9 years.

Toronto:

Average individual earnings, 15 and older: $31,264

Average family income: $64,044

Montreal:

Average individual earnings, 15 and older: $26,918

Average family income: $52,795

Vancouver:

Average individual earnings, 15 and older: $29,122

Average family income: $60,438

Calgary:

Average individual earnings, 15 and older: $28,991

Average family income: $63,586

Edmonton:

Average individual earnings, 15 and older: $25,974

Average family income: $56,090

Halifax:

Average individual earnings, 15 and older: $25,419

Average family income: $54,241

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Source: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/Pro...2/ACS/index.htm

US Statistics reported in US Dollars

These are up to date scores from Census 2000

Note: it was a PILL to get MSA stats on income - not just the city or county. I couldn't find individual income. They should make the census easier to read. To get your metro's information, click the link above, click your state, then select your MSA's Narrative profile and scroll down to the poverty chart/median income statement.

New York (PMSA only, not CMSA):

Median household income: $41,603

(obviously NYC being a major immigration hub, it has not only the wealthiest of America in Manhattan and the burbs, but also some of the poorest people as well)

Boston (PMSA only)

Median household income: $60,612

Philadelphia (PMSA only)

Median household income: $50,024

Pittsburgh:

Median household income: $40,226

Chicago:

Median household income: $52,121

Seattle (PMSA):

Median household income: $54,343

San Francisco (PMSA)

Median household income: $65,237

Denver (PMSA)

Median household income: $51,543

Dallas (PMSA)

Median household income: $49,959

Houston (PMSA)

Median household income: $46,019

Miami (PMSA)

Median household income: $36,183

(I'm thinking immigration plays a part here as well)

Atlanta:

Median household income: $50,964

Nashville:

Median household income: $42,271

Raleigh:

Median household income: $49,326

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Miami (PMSA)

Median household income: $36,183

(I'm thinking immigration plays a part here as well)

Outright poverty has a lot to do with it as well. We can't place all the blame on immigration.

Also, Miami doesn't have a big corporate culture that brings in the higher salaries. Also the so called "sunshine discount" keeps the upper salaries lower than they would be up north. The sad part is that the cost of living is relatively high considering the lack of income. I'm close to the median income myself and would probably be on the street if not for my higher wage earning girlfriend.

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Do remember this is median household income - not individual. If you are an individual making near the household average - you are well above average for Miami.

Exactly.

Another thing to consider in Miami and I'm sure in NYC, LA, Houston maybe, is the underground economy. I'm sure it doesn't make a big difference in salary comparisons, but helps family scrape enough together to get by. Stuff like selling flowers, fruit or drinks on the streets, drugs, unclaimed service work, blackmarket retail, etc...

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Household income is really an inaccurate way of describing things; from every source I've seen on per capita income (or GDP per capita as well) NYC has ranked near the top and certainly not in the vicinity of Pittsburgh. I bet it's because of the high # of singles and unmarried couples more than anything else that make NYC's so low.

Anyways, the stats confirmed that I'm more low-income than I had thought. :D

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I don't mean to hijack the thread and make it all about Miami but here's an article published today that talks about the numbers and how they relate to Miami (and probably New York, LA, etc.)

http://www.miamitodaynews.com/news/040722/story4.shtml

Villamil: County jobs picture prettier than federal numbers paint

Detroit--Ann Arbor--Flint, MI CMSA was $47,458

Detroit, MI PMSA was $47,120

And the rest of Florida:

Fort Myers--Cape Coral, FL MSA was $43,242

Orlando, FL MSA was $42,293

West Palm Beach--Boca Raton, FL MSA was $42,150

Jacksonville, FL MSA was $41,938

Melbourne--Titusville--Palm Bay, FL MSA was $40,964

Miami--Fort Lauderdale, FL CMSA was $39,735

Fort Pierce--Port St. Lucie, FL MSA was $39,231

Daytona Beach, FL MSA was $38,655

Sarasota--Bradenton, FL MSA was $38,320

Lakeland--Winter Haven, FL MSA was $38,271

Tallahassee, FL MSA was $37,110

Tampa--St. Petersburg--Clearwater, FL MSA was $36,930

Pensacola, FL MSA was $35,774

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Detroit's is lower than I thought, especially given that Oakland county is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation.

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