Average (median) household income in the United States from 1990 to 2015 (in U.S. dollars)

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Median income in U.S. dollars
2015 56,516$
2014 53,718$
2013 52,850$
2012 52,666$
2011 52,751$
2010 53,568$
2009 54,988$
2008 55,376$
2007 57,423$
2006 56,663$
2005 56,224$
2004 55,629$
2003 55,823$
2002 55,871$
2001 56,531$
2000 57,790$
1999 57,909$
1998 56,510$
1997 54,506$
1996 53,407$
1995 52,664$
1994 51,065$
1993 50,478$
1992 50,725$
1991 51,145$
1990 52,684$
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The statistic shows the median household income in the United States from 1990 to 2015. The median household income was 56,516 U.S. dollars in 2015.

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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