Most populated cities in the U.S. - median household income 2017

Median household income in the top 25 most populated U.S. cities in 2017 (in U.S. dollars)

by Erin Duffin, last edited Apr 29, 2019
Most populated cities in the U.S. - median household income 2017 This statistic shows the median household income of the top 25 most populated US cities in 2017. In New York, median household income was 60,879 U.S. dollars.
The median household income of the United States can be accessed here.

Median household income in populous U.S. cites

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2017, San Jose city in California had the highest median household income of cities ranking within the top twenty in terms of population. However, the median household income in San Jose was 104,675 USD in 2017. In 2017, San Francisco in California was ranked first, and Washington D.C. was ranked fourth in Median household income list.

Median household income in the United States fell in recent years. In 2007, before the worst of the recession, median household income was 56,436 U.S. dollars nationwide. As of 2013, median household income had dropped by roughly 3,800 U.S. dollars to 52,850 U.S. dollars. As of 2014, median household income by state was highest in Maryland, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. It was lowest in Alabama, West Virginia and Mississippi. Families with an annual income of less than 25,000 U.S. dollars made up the largest income bracket in America, with about 30 million households.

Data on median household income can be compared to statistics on personal income in the U.S. released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income rose to 15.46 trillion U.S. dollars in 2016, the highest value in over ten years. Personal income is a measure of the total income received by persons from all sources, while median household income is “the amount with divides the income distribution into two equal groups,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Half of the population in question lives above median income and half lives below. Though total personal income has increased in recent years, this wealth is not distributed throughout the population. In practical terms, income of most households has decreased. One additional statistic illustrates this disparity: for the lowest quintile of workers, mean household income has remained more or less steady for the past decade at about 11 or 12 thousand constant U.S. dollars annually. Meanwhile, income for the top five percent of workers has actually risen from about 244,138 U.S. dollars in 1990 to about 350,870 U.S. dollars in 2015.
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Median household income in the top 25 most populated U.S. cities in 2017 (in U.S. dollars)

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Median household income in U.S. dollars
San Francisco city, California 110,816
San Jose city, California 104,675
Seattle city, Washington 86,822
Washington city, District of Columbia 82,372
San Diego city, California 76,662
Austin city, Texas 67,755
Boston city, Massachusetts 66,758
Denver city, Colorado 65,224
Charlotte city, North Carolina 61,350
New York city, New York 60,879
Fort Worth city, Texas 60,205
Los Angeles city, California 60,197
Nashville-Davidson metropolitan government (balance), Tennessee 57,737
Phoenix city, Arizona 56,696
Chicago city, Illinois 55,295
Columbus city, Ohio 51,708
Jacksonville city, Florida 51,497
Houston city, Texas 50,896
Dallas city, Texas 50,627
San Antonio city, Texas 50,044
Indianapolis city (balance), Indiana 47,225
El Paso city, Texas 44,754
Philadelphia city, Pennsylvania 39,759
Memphis city, Tennessee 39,333
Detroit city, Michigan 30,344
Median household income in U.S. dollars
San Francisco city, California 110,816
San Jose city, California 104,675
Seattle city, Washington 86,822
Washington city, District of Columbia 82,372
San Diego city, California 76,662
Austin city, Texas 67,755
Boston city, Massachusetts 66,758
Denver city, Colorado 65,224
Charlotte city, North Carolina 61,350
New York city, New York 60,879
Fort Worth city, Texas 60,205
Los Angeles city, California 60,197
Nashville-Davidson metropolitan government (balance), Tennessee 57,737
Phoenix city, Arizona 56,696
Chicago city, Illinois 55,295
Columbus city, Ohio 51,708
Jacksonville city, Florida 51,497
Houston city, Texas 50,896
Dallas city, Texas 50,627
San Antonio city, Texas 50,044
Indianapolis city (balance), Indiana 47,225
El Paso city, Texas 44,754
Philadelphia city, Pennsylvania 39,759
Memphis city, Tennessee 39,333
Detroit city, Michigan 30,344
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by Erin Duffin, last edited Apr 29, 2019
This statistic shows the median household income of the top 25 most populated US cities in 2017. In New York, median household income was 60,879 U.S. dollars.
The median household income of the United States can be accessed here.

Median household income in populous U.S. cites

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2017, San Jose city in California had the highest median household income of cities ranking within the top twenty in terms of population. However, the median household income in San Jose was 104,675 USD in 2017. In 2017, San Francisco in California was ranked first, and Washington D.C. was ranked fourth in Median household income list.

Median household income in the United States fell in recent years. In 2007, before the worst of the recession, median household income was 56,436 U.S. dollars nationwide. As of 2013, median household income had dropped by roughly 3,800 U.S. dollars to 52,850 U.S. dollars. As of 2014, median household income by state was highest in Maryland, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. It was lowest in Alabama, West Virginia and Mississippi. Families with an annual income of less than 25,000 U.S. dollars made up the largest income bracket in America, with about 30 million households.

Data on median household income can be compared to statistics on personal income in the U.S. released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income rose to 15.46 trillion U.S. dollars in 2016, the highest value in over ten years. Personal income is a measure of the total income received by persons from all sources, while median household income is “the amount with divides the income distribution into two equal groups,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Half of the population in question lives above median income and half lives below. Though total personal income has increased in recent years, this wealth is not distributed throughout the population. In practical terms, income of most households has decreased. One additional statistic illustrates this disparity: for the lowest quintile of workers, mean household income has remained more or less steady for the past decade at about 11 or 12 thousand constant U.S. dollars annually. Meanwhile, income for the top five percent of workers has actually risen from about 244,138 U.S. dollars in 1990 to about 350,870 U.S. dollars in 2015.
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