10 Cities Where Income Has Soared (and 10 Where It’s Dropped) Since 2008

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It may not feel like it for some of us, but the U.S. economy is on a major upswing since it tanked in 2009.

There are more than 6 million job openings, even though companies are having a hard time filling them. The unemployment rate is down to 4.3% from a high of 10% in 2009. And according to the latest Bureau of Economic Analysis figures, nearly every city’s annual personal income was back to pre-recession levels as of 2015 (they apparently don’t get around to updating this data for a couple years).

When you take inflation and local prices into account, residents in an average U.S. city are hauling in 6% more income annually than they did in 2009. But some cities are faring way better — or worse — than others.

Top 10 Cities With the Biggest Gain in Riches Since 2008

Whether it’s due to oil or real estate speculation, these cities have gained the most in personal income since the onset of the Great Recession.

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Here are the cities that have seen the most income growth since the recession.

Carson City, Nevada

Annual income: $41,804

Gain since 2008: 40.9%

Bismarck, North Dakota

Annual income: $52,729

Gain since 2008: 25.1%

Hanford, California

Annual income: $32,793

Gain since 2008: 23.8%

Goshen, Indiana

Annual income: $40,240

Gain since 2008: 23.7%

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Annual income: $53,662

Gain since 2008: 22%

San Jose, California

Annual income: $60,313

Gain since 2008: 21.3%

Merced, California

Annual income: $34,951

Gain since 2008: 21%

Madera, California

Annual income: $33,516

Gain since 2008: 18.4%

Barnstable, Massachusetts

Annual income: $57,956

Gain since 2008: 17.6%

Muskegon, Michigan

Annual income: $36,103

Gain since 2008: 16.7%

10 Cities Getting Poorer Since 2008

The U.S. is a land of contrasts. Where there are winners, there are bound to be losers as well.

Twenty-four cities have seen a drop in annual personal income since the Great Recession. But if you happen to live in one of them, consider ways to make money online from home, or you could take on a side gig and earn an extra $500 this month.

Here are the cities with the largest drop in income since 2008.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Annual income: $44,095

Loss since 2008: -11%

Midland, Michigan

Annual income: $45,273

Loss since 2008: -5.2%

Grand Junction, Colorado

Annual income: $37,749

Loss since 2008: -4.1%

Longview, Texas

Annual income: $42,153

Loss since 2008: -3.3%

Olympia, Washington

Annual income: $38,157

Loss since 2008: -3.3%

Tucson, Arizona

Annual income: $36,453

Loss since 2008: -2.9%

Ames, Iowa

Annual income: $39,406

Loss since 2008: -2.8%

York, Pennsylvania

Annual income: $42,594

Loss since 2008: -2.6%

Biloxi, Mississippi

Annual income: $35,058

Loss since 2008: -2.5%

Brunswick, Georgia

Annual income: $37,819

Loss since 2008: -2.4%

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder.