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The Times-Picayune
March 30, 2012

Louisiana's highest incomes are found in St. Tammany (No. 1), St. Charles (No. 4)
By Drew Broach

St. Tammany Parish has regained the No. 1 spot in Louisiana for highest taxpayer income, according to a new analysis of federal tax returns. St. Tammany taxpayers had an average adjusted gross income of $61,820 in 2009, the latest year for which numbers are available. Of the state's 64 parishes, St. Charles was No. 4 with an average of $57,597. Plaquemines was No. 7, with $54,191. Jefferson was No. 17 at $48,609. St. John the Baptist was No. 37, with $44,125. Orleans was at No. 38, with $43,651. St. Bernard was No. 60, with an average adjusted gross income of $34,011. The national average was $55,147. Louisiana's average was $48,366, ranking it 39th among states and the District of Columbia. Of 3,137 U.S. counties, St. Tammany ranked No. 203. In returning to Louisiana's No. 1 spot in 2009, St. Tammany eclipsed Red River Parish, which led the state a year earlier. The numbers were released this week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a number-crunching center at Syracuse University in New York. They cover tax returns filed in the first nine months of 2010, for income in the previous year.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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