Nine of the 10 states with the fastest growth in per capita income in 1989 were in the West and the farm belt, the Commerce Department said in a revised report released Wednesday. Per capita income is defined as the annual total personal income of a state's residents divided by the state's population as of July 1.

The study said Alaska finished No. 1 in 1989 by growing 12.6 percent in per capita income to $18,483 followed by:

North Dakota at 9.9 percent to $13,563;

Hawaii at 9.7 percent to $18,472;

Montana at 9.4 percent to $14,078;

South Dakota at 8.6 percent to $13,685;

For the entire US, per capita personal income increased by 6.6 percent in 1989 to $17,596.

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