Per Capita Personal Income

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SourceU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Personal Income and Employment
Data TablePer Capita Personal Income by County
ExplanationIn 2019, per capita personal income in Thurston County was $52,828 - well below Washington State ($64,758). When adjusted for inflation, per capita personal income in Thurston County started recovering from the Great Recession in 2012. Real per capita personal income in Thurston County has continued to exceed the pre-recession peak since 2015.

Per Capita Income

Per capita personal income is determined by dividing Thurston County’s total personal income (or the income received from most major sources, including earned income, dividends, interest, rent, and transfer payments) by its population. This measure gives an average income for all residents, including children, retirees, and people who are unemployed.

Per capita personal income is often expressed in “nominal” or “real” dollars. Nominal dollars represent the actual dollar value at a specific point in time and does not include the effects of inflation. Real, or constant, dollars account for inflation and can be used to compare the buying power of money at two different points in time.

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