Median household incomes in the region, adjusted for inflation, declined 12% since 2000 but rose above the state median in 2010-14. The median household income in the region was $45,100 in 2010-14, compared to $44,600 in the state and $53,500 in the nation.
Household incomes varied greatly by racial/ethnic groups and educational attainment. African American and Hispanic residents earned less (median incomes of $25,700 and $33,900, respectively) than white and Asian residents ($46,500 and $63,400) in 2010-14. Adults with a bachelor’s degree had median annual earnings of $44,200, while those with only a high school diploma earned about $25,900.
Since 2000, the region’s poverty rate increased 4 percentage points, reaching 16% in 2010-14. This was even with the national rate and below the state rate. A fifth of the region’s children were living in poverty, up from 16% in 2000. The rate of child poverty in 2010-14 was similar to the national rate and below the 26% statewide rate.
In 2010-14, 3% of the region’s households received public assistance income, the same as in 2000. The state and nation both experienced decreases over the same time period (3.2% and 2.8%, respectively). Of the counties in the region, Knox had the highest rate (3.5%).