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What It Takes to be a One Percenter

What does it take to be a “one percenter?” How much do you have to earn before you fall into this rarified zone?
A new study written by socioeconomists Estelle Sommeiller and Mark Price, looked at state-level tax data from the Internal Revenue Service over the past 35 years. They’ve created a chart which looks at annual income at the threshold of the top 1% in each U.S. state. If you live in Ohio you’re a “one percenter” if you earn more than $316,000 a year. 
The top state is Connecticut at more than $678,000 a year…higher than New York’s threshold of $506,000, the $539,000 threshold in New Jersey, $555,000 in Washington, D.C. or $532,000 in Massachusetts. California ($438,000) and Texas ($423,000), which are considered wealthy states, actually came in behind North Dakota ($502,000).
States with the lowest threshold include West Virginia ($243,000), Kentucky and Alabama ($263,000) and Maine ($274,000).  
Nationwide, the total share of income going to the upper 1% rose by about…