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Shares of household income of quintiles in the United States from 1970 to 2013

 Lowest quintileSecond quintileThird quintileFourth quintileHighest quintile
1970 4.1% 10.8% 17.4% 24.5% 43.3%
1975 4.3% 10.4% 17% 24.7% 43.6%
1980 4.2% 10.2% 16.8% 24.6% 44.2%
1985 3.9% 9.8% 16.2% 24.4% 45.6%
1990 3.8% 9.6% 15.9% 24% 46.6%
1995 3.7% 9.1% 15.2% 23.3% 48.7%
2000 3.6% 8.9% 14.8% 23% 49.8%
2005 3.4% 8.6% 14.6% 23% 50.4%
2010 3.3% 8.5% 14.6% 23.4% 50.3%
2011 3.2% 8.4% 14.3% 23% 51.1%
2012 3.2% 8.3% 14.4% 23% 51%
2013 3.2% 8.4% 14.4% 23% 51%
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The statistic shows the shares of household income of quintiles in the United States from 1970 to 2013. About 51 percent of the household income of private households in the U.S. are earned by the highest quintile in 2013, which are the upper 20 percent of the workers. In contrast to that, in the same year, only 3.2 percent of the household income are earned by the lowest quintile. This relation between the quintiles illustrates the income inequality in the United States.

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