Three North Dakota oil patch counties among nation’s highest paid

FARGO – The boom in the state’s Oil Patch and strong farm prices have given a big boost to personal incomes in North Dakota, putting per capita pay in some places on par with the most famously rich counties in the U.S.

Three western North Dakota counties – Williams, Billings and LaMoure – posted average personal incomes in 2011 that place them sixth ($81,170), 11th ($76,798), and 14th ($74,875), respectively among the nation’s 3,113 counties, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Park Rapids Enterprise

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