Sign Of The Times: Washington DC Leads The Nation In Personal Income Growth For Past Decade


Yesterday I wrote that (thanks to fracking-induced energy boom) North Dakota led the states in personal income growth from 2000 – 2011, but Mark Perry points out something I missed in those numbers.

North Dakota may have led the states, but Washington DC led the nation:

North Dakota’s growth in personal income per capita of 78.75% between 2000 and 2011 was the highest for any U.S. state, but was just behind the 80.6% growth in per-capita income in Washington, D.C. What’s the lesson here? Maybe that even an abundance of natural resources and oil prosperity in North Dakota can’t generate increases in personal income like the federal government in D.C.?

From 2000 – 2011 we went from a spend-happy, big-government Republican administration and Congress (though, to be fair, Democrats held Congress starting in 2007) to an even more spend-happy, big-government Democrat administration and Congress.

Not even an oil boom can keep up with the explosive growth in federal government under both Republicans and Democrats.

The rest of the economy is stagnating, but the business of big government is thriving. And to be clear, we’re not just talking about pay for government employees here, but pay for all the people who go to Washington to massage special deals out of an ever-bigger government.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • igx

    Too much central government trying to do too much. Not what the founders intended, for good reason. Parasites and whores. 

    • Guest

      We should go back to re-authorizing the military yearly.  I’m with you.

      • igx

        That’s very nice but at least the military is a clear public good. Government inherently wastes money and misallocates capital, which is why it should never do anything but provide public goods. The West is imploding because there isn’t enough productivity to pay for their politically unmanageable  insurance and pension scams. LBJ = menace to society. 

      • igx

        Just think, Medicare is impossible to reauthorize. What a country! 

  • $8194357

    Wealth redistribution in a ponzi goes ever up the structure, huh?

  • flamemeister

    The word “spending” is no longer adequate.  It’s a trillion-dollar bonfire that won’t even light a cigarette.

  • $8194357

    Still alot of lies around the “birth issues” and muslim faith, huh?

    In there own words….What the heck do they have on the “ruling class” in DC?

    • igx

      JMO that’s pretty funny except for the pricks from the Detroit radio station. There is nothing good about duping a sincere person like that. 

      • $8194357

        Kenyans are real proud one of their own made the “international stage”..

        And then there is this little “nugget” from 2004….

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        2004 Associated Press article about the “destruction” of Barrys Republican opponent in Illionois.

        After the AP started it team Billary took up the chant in the Democratic primaries….

        Then a registered Democrat attorny files a lawsuite….

        Tea Partiers came along much much later, huh?

        In Liberty and Faith

  • Kevin Flanagan

    I’ll wager incomes in Bismarck have exploded since the RINOs took over.

  • $8194357

    Meanwhile Barrys Muslim Brotherhood friendly middle east agenda hiding behind the UN for cover rolls on as planned..

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  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    So if we were simple minded, like conservatives, we could conclude that Washington is on to something since more people are making money.  Most conservatives ignore the deeper issue when looking at the surface, related to any favorable economic news at the time of their policy changes.