Wealth distribution in the United States in 2016

U.S. wealth distribution 2016 This statistic shows the wealth distribution in the United States in 2016 based on family data. The distribution indicates that the lower-income 50 percent of the American population owned about 1.2 percent of the total wealth, while the 1 percent top-earners were in possession of about 38.6 percent of the wealth. The rising wealth inequality in the U.S. has become a growing concern among the public and a common theme in political discourse. In 2018, a majority of people worldwide owned less than 10,000 U.S. dollars, while 436 million owned 100,000 to 1 million dollars.
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Share of the population ranked by household incomeShare of total wealth
Lowest
10%
-0.5%
Lowest
20%
-0.5%
Lowest
30%
-0.3%
Lowest
40%
0.1%
Lowest
50%
1.2%
Lowest
60%
3.1%
Lowest
70%
6.3%
Top 10%77.1%
Top 5%65.1%
Top 1%38.6%
Share of the population ranked by household incomeShare of total wealth
Lowest
10%
-0.5%
Lowest
20%
-0.5%
Lowest
30%
-0.3%
Lowest
40%
0.1%
Lowest
50%
1.2%
Lowest
60%
3.1%
Lowest
70%
6.3%
Top 10%77.1%
Top 5%65.1%
Top 1%38.6%
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This statistic shows the wealth distribution in the United States in 2016 based on family data. The distribution indicates that the lower-income 50 percent of the American population owned about 1.2 percent of the total wealth, while the 1 percent top-earners were in possession of about 38.6 percent of the wealth. The rising wealth inequality in the U.S. has become a growing concern among the public and a common theme in political discourse. In 2018, a majority of people worldwide owned less than 10,000 U.S. dollars, while 436 million owned 100,000 to 1 million dollars.
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Release date
July 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
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