U.S. households - distribution of adults, by income tier 2000-2014

This statistic shows the distribution of American adults by household income tier from 2000 to 2014. The share of U.S. adults in upper-income households had increased from 17% in 2000 to 20% in 2014 in the U.S.

Share of adults in U.S. households from 2000 to 2014, by income tier

Income tier20002014
Lower income households28%29%
Middle income households55%51%
Upper income households17%20%
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Release date

May 2016

Region

United States

Survey time period

2000-2014

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Lower-income adults are defined as adults whose annual household income is less than two-thirds of the median, and upper-income households have incomes that are more than double the median.
Middle-income adults are defined as adults whose annual household income is two-thirds to double the national median, after incomes have been adjusted for household size.
Upper-income adults are defined as adults whose annual household income is at least double the national median, after incomes have been adjusted for household size.
For example a single person upper-income household has an annual household income of at least 72,126 U.S. dollars. A family of three would have an income of at least 124,925 U.S. dollars.

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