DeSoto County Leads Metro Memphis in Income

HERNANDO, MS - A new Census Bureau report shows north Mississippi's DeSoto County has the highest median income and the lowest poverty rate among the eight counties in the Memphis metropolitan area.

DeSoto County ranked first with a median household income of nearly $52,000 and an 8.6 percent poverty rate.

Estimates show that an increasing number of middle and upper-income African-Americans are moving to DeSoto County and helping to push the income statistics upward.

At the same time, the large disparity in incomes between African-American and white residents in Shelby County is holding the median income down there.

For 2006, the median income of DeSoto County's black households was $37,556 while the median for black residents living in Shelby County was nearly $10,000 lower.

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