Creditrepair.com built this nifty GIF map that shows how Americans’ average annual incomes have changed over the past 85 years.
It starts in 1929 — when the Great Depression started — and shows the years when the per capita income declined in each state, denoted in red. Things generally got better after that.
“Income then increased for the most part for the next 80 years, decreasing during the recessions defined by the National Bureau of Economic Research – in 1938, 1945, 1949, 1953, and in 2007 during the Great Recession caused by the subprime mortgage crisis,” the company wrote.
Aside from the Depression and a couple of times around the middle of the 20th century, Maine’s incomes have steadily risen.
The data come from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the NBER, and also include a cool line chart showing the peaks and valleys of inflation for the country. Those correspond with recessions, too: The fewer people with jobs, the less inflation there is, generally.