Meghan Roos 11 a.m., May 22
Asian Households Had Highest Median Incomes in County in 2007, Census Data Show
An analysis by the Center on Policy Initiatives of 2007 U.S. Census Bureau data shows that households of people of Asian extraction had the highest median income in the county: $75,686. In second place were whites at $70,486. Lagging were Hispanics at $45,540 and African-Americans at $44,662. Asians have many high-powered tech jobs in San Diego County and around the U.S. The median household income for the county was $61,794, up only 1 percent, adjusted for inflation, from 2006. Inflation-adjusted median annual earnings at $31,919 were down 1 percent. The poverty rate was 11.1 percent, and 45.1 percent of adults living below the federal poverty threshold were working full-time or part-time. The highest poverty rate was in El Cajon, 20.6 percent. Closely following were San Marcos at 14.5 percent and Vista at 14.1. Household income continued to be distributed in an unbalanced way. The richest 20 percent had 49 percent of the income. The lowest 20 percent had 4 percent.