Average (median) household income in the United States from 1990 to 2016 (in U.S. dollars)

Average household income in the United States 1990-2016 The statistic shows the median household income in the United States from 1990 to 2016. The median household income was 59,039 U.S. dollars in 2016.
Household income

The median household income depicts the income of households, including the income of the householder and all other individuals aged 15 years or over living in the household. Income includes wages and salaries, unemployment insurance, disability payments, child support payments received, regular rental receipts, as well as any personal business, investment, or other kinds of income received routinely.

The median household income in the United States varies from state to state. In 2015, the median household income was 75,675 U.S. dollars in New Hampshire, while the median household income in Mississippi was approximately 40,037 U.S. dollars at that time.

Household income is also used to determine the poverty line in the United States. In 2015, about 13.5 percent of the U.S. population was living in poverty. The child poverty rate, which represents people under the age of 18 living in poverty, has been growing steadily over the last decade, from 16.2 percent of the children living below the poverty line in year 2000 to 19.7 percent in 2015.

The state with the widest gap between the rich and the poor was New York, with a gini coefficient score of 0.51 in 2015. The Gini coefficient is calculated by looking at average income rates. A score of zero would reflect perfect income equality and a score of 1 indicates a society where one person would have all the money and all other people have nothing.
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Median income in U.S. dollars
201659,039$
2015 57,230$
2014 54,398$
2013 55,214$
2012 53,331$
2011 53,401$
2010 54,245$
2009 55,683$
2008 56,076$
2007 58,149$
2006 57,379$
2005 56,935$
2004 56,332$
2003 56,528$
2002 56,599$
2001 57,246$
2000 58,544$
1999 58,665$
1998 57,248$
1997 55,218$
1996 54,105$
1995 53,330$
1994 51,710$
1993 51,116$
1992 51,390$
1991 51,791$
1990 53,350$
Median income in U.S. dollars
201659,039$
2015 57,230$
2014 54,398$
2013 55,214$
2012 53,331$
2011 53,401$
2010 54,245$
2009 55,683$
2008 56,076$
2007 58,149$
2006 57,379$
2005 56,935$
2004 56,332$
2003 56,528$
2002 56,599$
2001 57,246$
2000 58,544$
1999 58,665$
1998 57,248$
1997 55,218$
1996 54,105$
1995 53,330$
1994 51,710$
1993 51,116$
1992 51,390$
1991 51,791$
1990 53,350$
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The statistic shows the median household income in the United States from 1990 to 2016. The median household income was 59,039 U.S. dollars in 2016.
Household income

The median household income depicts the income of households, including the income of the householder and all other individuals aged 15 years or over living in the household. Income includes wages and salaries, unemployment insurance, disability payments, child support payments received, regular rental receipts, as well as any personal business, investment, or other kinds of income received routinely.

The median household income in the United States varies from state to state. In 2015, the median household income was 75,675 U.S. dollars in New Hampshire, while the median household income in Mississippi was approximately 40,037 U.S. dollars at that time.

Household income is also used to determine the poverty line in the United States. In 2015, about 13.5 percent of the U.S. population was living in poverty. The child poverty rate, which represents people under the age of 18 living in poverty, has been growing steadily over the last decade, from 16.2 percent of the children living below the poverty line in year 2000 to 19.7 percent in 2015.

The state with the widest gap between the rich and the poor was New York, with a gini coefficient score of 0.51 in 2015. The Gini coefficient is calculated by looking at average income rates. A score of zero would reflect perfect income equality and a score of 1 indicates a society where one person would have all the money and all other people have nothing.
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Release date
September 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1990 to 2016
Supplementary notes
Income in 2015 CPI-U-RS adjusted dollars

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