Wealth distribution in the United States in 2016

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Share of the population ranked by household incomeShare of total wealth
Lowest
10%
-0.7%
Lowest
20%
-0.5%
Lowest
40%
0
Lowest
50%
1.1%
Lowest
60%
3.2%
Lowest
70%
6.9%
Top 20%87%
Top 10%75%
Top 1%35.5%

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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 1.1 percent of the total wealth, while the 1 percent top-earners were in possession of about 35.5 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 2016, a majority of people worldwide owned less than 10,000 U.S. dollars, while 365 million owned 100,000 to 1 million dollars.
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Release date
November 2016
Region
United States
Survey time period
2013

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