On a national level, the recovery has been slower than many would have hoped for, but on a more local level, some cities say the recovery never happened while others maintaining pre-recession stats.
A CNBC analysis of per-capita real personal income data shows which cities have seen incomes rise the most since the recession, compared to the national average of 7.2%.
San Jose, Cal., thanks to the tech boom, has seen the largest income recovery with a 22% increase in the average income since 2008. Houston, with its oil market, saw a 15.4% increase in average income. Also on the list are Grand Rapids, Mich. (14.7%) with a stable health-care and life-sciences industry, San Francisco (14.6%), Oklahoma City (13.4%), Cincinatti (12%), and Dallas (11.7%).