I’ve updated (April, 2018) my salient household income comparison of California vs. hated Texas. My original figures were from 2009. Since then it’s gotten even better — for Texas.
According to the most recent U.S. census figures I can find, the 2015 median household income in California is significantly higher than Texas:
TX — $55,653 — 13.5% less than CA (vs. 18.1% less in 2009). TX is only $122 below the national average of $55,775.
Thus, ADJUSTED FOR THE COST OF LIVING, the Texas median household income is significantly higher than California.
TX — $60,367
CA — $45,745
BOTTOM LINE: Texas COL-adjusted median household income is 32.0% higher than California. This number is up from 30.1% last year.