The mean for the wealthiest fifth of households increased by $13,479, also adjusting for inflation.
"I was really struggling", said West, 44, who was forced to move back in with his parents. At that time, there was a jump of 3.2 percent in median income for those answering the new questions.
Poverty in the state also seemed to be falling.
"And having so many residents lacking basic economic security is a huge drag on New Jersey's economy and quality of life".
In Syracuse, the median income for a family of four was $33,695 previous year, down from $36,457 in 2015.
The supplemental poverty measure, which we discussed briefly on Tuesday, does take cost of living into account, as well as taxes and welfare programs.
The US Census Bureau's annual look at income and poverty showed a whopping 5% boost past year to the paychecks of middle-class families, although incomes still remained below pre-recession levels.
The poverty rate in 2016 ticked down by 0.8 percentage point to 12.7 percent.
"We have a long way to go", Duggan said.
The poverty rate among foreign-born persons declined more than it did for native-born persons.
The Boston area - a region that includes parts of southern New Hampshire - saw its median household income rise 3.3 percent a year ago, from $79,783 to $82,380.
The United Way offers a third measure in its ALICE Project.
- Despite the second-lowest median income level in Canada, Quebec (14.3 per cent) was second only to Alberta (12.8 per cent) in having the lowest percentage of children in low-income households, thanks to lower child care costs and richer child benefits than elsewhere.
The county must work to keep people here, County Commissioner Lowell McGlothin said. The median income had surged since 2014 because millions more Americans found full-time jobs, but there is little evidence that employers are rushing to offer raises to those who already are employed. Neither the poverty rate nor the number in poverty was statistically different from 2015. More than half - 52 percent - of voters 65 and older picked Trump last November. That's down from a post-recession high of 15.9 percent in 2012.
"There have been positive steps, as well as positive signals of what is planned to address child poverty, but there is unfinished business", said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000, which pushes governments to eradicate child poverty in Canada.
That compares to only 8. percent of non-Hispanic white living in households that make less than the $24,339-a-year barrier than the agency relies on to define poverty.
In all but the largest states, the margin of error around the income numbers is in the $1,000 to $3,000 range.
Detroit's median household income increased 7.5% from $26,127 in 2015 to $28,099 in 2016 - meaning that half of all household earnings were above and an equal number below. In particular, while real household median income inside metropolitan statistical areas grew 2.5 percent in 2016, it was unchanged outside metropolitan areas. "Raising the minimum wage would be the most obvious one".
The share of the local population without health insurance coverage fell one point to 4.3 percent.