A state-by-state look at the median income over the past decade is a decidedly humbling exercise.

Thirty five states have seen a statistically significant decline in their median household income between 2000 and 2012, according to figures released this week by the Census Bureau.

A handful of states find themselves on the other side of the ledger -- with increased median incomes over the past decade.  But no state comes close to touching North Dakota, which saw a 17 percent jump in income during that period.

How and why? GovBeat's Reid Wilson and Fix Original Recipe broke it down on "In Play".

One state is burning bright in a sea of gloomy economic data. GovBeat's Reid Wilson tells In Play why. (The Washington Post)