Indiana losing ground to average Midwesterners in real per capita personal income
Real per capita personal income is a measure used by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis to help compare how far a dollar goes across different states. And Indiana’s was ninth among 12 Midwest states in 2022, one place better than the previous year.
But the Hoosier State still trails the average of its Midwest neighbors — and that divide is growing.
Indiana’s real per capita personal income in 2022 was $54,811. Andrew Bradley, Prosperity Indiana policy director, said that trails the Midwest average by a wide margin.
“Even accounting for cost of living, Hoosiers are able to buy less — by almost $10,000 — compared to the typical Midwesterner,” Bradley said.
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That gap is 20 percent bigger than it was a year earlier, and the widest it’s been since 2014.
Bradley said there are things state lawmakers can do to address it. He said that includes improving Indiana’s housing situation by better enforcing safety and habitability standards.
“We’re starting to hear more conversation on both sides of the aisle than we have in the past,” Bradley said.
Bradley said the state should also cap payday lending rates at 36 percent, to help curb predatory lending and keep more money in Hoosiers’ pockets.