The national average income for the top 1% is $389,436, but that amount begins to vary as you look at the averages across states and counties. New York Times staffers Robert Frank and Karl Russell look at the differences between the richest counties for the 1%, number one being Teton County Wyo. where the 1% earn more than $2.2 million, and those where it is easier to qualify as 1%, $97,000 in Holmes County, Miss.
They explain how the changing regional averages make it more and more difficult to do anything an a national scale:
The new peaks and valleys of America’s elite have made national definitions less and less useful...The shift has important policy and cultural implications. Calls to tax the 1 percent nationally are really calls to tax the top 5 or 10 percent in the richest states — while missing the top 1 percent in many Western and Southern states.