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Personal income rose more than 6 percent in metropolitan Boston last year, growing faster than income nationally, the Commerce Department reported.

Boston’s per capita, or per person, income rose to $53,763 from $50,542 in 2006, a 6.4 percent increase. Nationally, income rose 5.2 percent.

The Boston area has the seventh highest income among 363 US metropolitan areas, nearly 40 percent higher than the national per capita income, which is just under $39,000, the Commerce Department said.

Source: Boston area income rose 6% in 2007 – By Robert Gavin, The Boston Globe, quoting the US Department of Commerce

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