Personal income in California grew at the fastest rate in five years during 2011, beating the national average, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. But the state still hasn't completely erased the impact of the recession.
Per capita personal income -- income divided by the number of people in the state -- rose from $42,514 in 2010 to $44,481 in 2011. Adjusted for inflation, per capita personal income was $46,700 during 2007, the year before the recession began.
Total personal income in the state was $1.68 trillion -- the equivalent of $240 for every person in the world.
The strongest personal income growth in 2011 occurred in North Dakota, which benefited from an oil boom. The weakest growth occurred in Alaska.
This map shows per capita personal income growth by state.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis