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State Controller and FTB Chair Kathleen Connell Reports Increase in Median Income for 2000

California taxpayers reported a nearly 16 percent increase in adjusted gross income on their 2000 state income tax returns with the Franchise Tax Board, according to Kathleen Connell, state controller and FTB chair. Californians filed nearly 14.1 million 2000 state income tax returns with the FTB, reporting nearly $993.5 billion of adjusted gross income. Adjusted gross income is an income tax term that means gross income minus specific tax deductions. It marks a 15.9 percent increase over 1999's reported $856.9 billion.

The statewide median income on all returns was $31,122, an increase of 5.9 percent over 1999's median income amount. For joint returns, the statewide median income was $57,979, a 5.9 percent increase over the 1999 income amount.

“Median income” is the point where one half of the tax returns are above and one half are below the midpoint. Median income represents the income reported by a typical California individual or couple.

Over the past 29 years, the Bay Area counties of Marin, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa have consistently reported the highest median incomes. Marin County again had the highest median income for joint returns, reporting $101,660, an increase of 8.7 percent over 1999. Santa Clara county ranked second with $89,475, while San Mateo county ranked third with $84,760 and Contra Costa county ranked fourth with $79,612.

Los Angeles county taxpayers filed 26.0 percent of all tax returns in California. They reported median incomes of $26,478 for all returns, and $48,878 for joint returns, ranking 36th and 32nd respectively.

The largest percentage gain in median income for all counties was 11.9 percent reported in Santa Clara county. For joint returns the largest gain was also Santa Clara county with a 10.3 percent increase.

Refer to the chart for specific county information.