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Mar 30 2013

US Median Household Income in 2011

Information released by the US Census in 2012, showed the Median United States Household Income for 2011 as being between $25,193 and $76,593, depending on what City you lived in, with a figure of  $50,054 for the entire country .

The following are the figures released, per HOUSEHOLD:

  • $76,593 : San Jose
  • $69,894 : San Francisco
  • $63,124 : District of Columbia
  • $61,037 : Seattle
  • $60,797 : San Diego
  • $50,177 : Charlotte
  • $50,054 : UNITED STATES
  • $49,987 : Austin
  • $49,461 : New York City
  • $49,081 : Boston
  • $47,399 : Fort Worth
  • $47,371 : Denver
  • $46,148 : Los Angeles
  • $44,802 : Jacksonville
  • $43,960 : Phoenix
  • $43,628 : Chicago
  • $42,877 : Houston
  • $42,613 : San Antonio
  • $40,702 : El Paso
  • $40,585 : Dallas
  • $40,463 : Columbus
  • $39,015 : Indianapolis
  • $38,721 : Baltimore
  • $34,960 : Memphis
  • $34,207 : Philadelphia
  • $25,193 : Detroit

Previous years median household income, from the US Census Board, has been:

  • $49,445 in 2010
  • $49,777 in 2009
  • $50,303 in 2008
  • $50,233 in 2007
  • $48,200 in 2006
  • $46,326 in 2005

However, for those that have seen the following figures, and wonder why the differences……..

  • $54,489 in 2007
  • $50,233 in 2006
  • $52,778 in 2004
  • $52,704 in 2002
  • $54,932 in 1999

The answer is that some figures are quoted after inflation adjustments to the year in which they are published.

Source of figures: The US Census Board yearly releases.

  • Sep 12, 2012: Real median household income in the United States in 2011 was $50,054
  • Sep 13, 2011: Real median household income in the United States in 2010 was $49,445, a 2.3 percent decline from the 2009 median.
  • Sep 16, 2010: The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that real median household income in the United States in 2009 was $49,777, not statistically different from the 2008 median
  • Sep 10, 2009: The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that real median household income in the United States fell 3.6 percent between 2007 and 2008, from $52,163 to $50,303.
  • Aug 26, 2008: Real median household income in the United States climbed 1.3 percent between 2006 and 2007, reaching $50,233
  • Aug 28, 2007: Real median household income in the United States climbed between 2005 and 2006, reaching $48,200, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Aug 29, 2006 : Real median household income in the United States rose by 1.1 percent between 2004 and 2005, reaching $46,326

Median household income = This includes the income of the householder and all other individuals 15 years old and over in the household, whether they are related to the householder or not. Because many households consist of only one person, average household income is usually less than average family income.

American Community Survey – http://factfinder2.census.gov

2002 Census Data: www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/p60-221.pdf

Notes and Comments:

Finding and comparing median household figures have proved how disagreements on quoted statistics can easily happen.  Taking the 2002 Census data as an example:

Page 2: Overall, family household income dropped 0.8 percent to $52,704
Page 2: Under alternative income definition MI-Tx, median household income was $37,066

MI = It is income before deductions for taxes or other expenses and does not include lump-sum payments or capital gains
MI-Tx = is money income plus realized capital gains (losses), less federal and state income taxes, and less payroll taxes

Very easy to compare different values. I hope mine are all the same basis 😉

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