Florida - and southern states in general - are not often touted for their great income expectancy, but the blue skies, yearly warm weather, and sandy coastlines still never fail to bring in plenty of dreamers looking to make a living in paradise. While nearly every Southern State is below or right on par with the national average, Florida's labor data shows a low median wage ($15.77) and negative growth (-1.8%) in the state since 2007.
According to TitleMax's data chart, the current median household income in Florida is between 50k-55k a year - just below the middle-income tier of 55k-60k a year. The lowest median income charted is <45k a year and the highest is >70k a year. Several western and New England states, including California and New York, make it onto the above average income expectancy bracket.
The chart further breaks down each state and their highest and lowest incomes by county. Florida's highest income county is St. Johns, an Atlantic coast county in the Jacksonville area. The median real estate listing price in St. Johns is $369,945 and the average income is 78k a year.
The lowest income county has been named as Levy, a Gulf Coast county in between Gainsville and Ocala. The average income in Levy County is just over 33k a year and the median real estate listing price is $150k.
As of the 2010 census, the population in Levy was 40,801 and the county's official website still states they serve "over 40,000" residents. As for St. Johns, the population as of the 2000 census was 18,063 but has grown significantly over the past decade. As of 2016, the population is estimated to be approximately 86,400 people.
Assuming you work 52 weeks a year 40 hours a week, in order to earn an income of 33k a year you would have to have a job paying an hourly wage of $15.87. To make 78k a year you would have to have a job paying an hourly wage of $37.50.
As a whole, none of Florida's counties made it onto the top 10 wealthiest or poorest places in the nation. More information on the income findings can be viewed here.