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Contributions to middle-fifth income growth, by income category and household type, selected years, 1979–2007 (2011 dollars)

Change
1979 1989 1995 2000 2007 1979–1989 1989–1995 1995–2000 2000–2007 1979–2007 Share of 1979–2007 income change
Share of total households
Elderly 15.2% 21.7% 24.0% 25.7% 22.1% 6.5 2.3 1.7 -3.5 7.0
Non-elderly with kids 49.2 39.8 38.2 35.6 34.1 -9.4 -1.6 -2.6 -1.5 -15.1
Non-elderly without kids 35.6 38.5 37.8 38.7 43.7 2.9 -0.8 0.9 5.0 8.1
All non-elderly 84.8 78.3 76.0 74.3 77.9 -6.5 -2.3 -1.7 3.5 -7.0
Average comprehensive income $58,751 $59,724 $61,334 $65,637 $69,949 $972 $1,610 $4,303 $4,312 $11,198 100.0%
Elderly 6,958 10,538 12,150 13,985 12,959 3,580 1,612 1,835 -1,026 6,001 53.6
Non-elderly with kids 35,088 29,895 29,638 29,959 30,674 -5,193 -258 321 715 -4,414 -39.4
Non-elderly without kids 16,706 19,290 19,547 21,693 26,316 2,585 256 2,146 4,623 9,611 85.8
All non-elderly 51,794 49,186 49,184 51,652 56,990 -2,608 -1 2,468 5,338 5,196 46.4
Wages and imputed taxes $45,315 $41,605 $40,936 $43,654 $45,997 -$3,709 -$669 $2,718 $2,344 $682 6.1%
Elderly 1,900 1,698 2,016 2,171 2,010 -202 319 154 -161 110 1.0
Non-elderly with kids 29,942 24,904 23,876 24,432 24,146 -5,038 -1,028 556 -286 -5,796 -51.8
Non-elderly without kids 13,473 15,004 15,044 17,051 19,842 1,531 40 2,007 2,791 6,369 56.9
All non-elderly 43,415 39,908 38,920 41,483 43,988 -3,507 -988 2,563 2,504 572 5.1
Capital incomes $4,114 $5,198 $3,785 $4,347 $3,658 $1,085 -$1,414 $562 -$688 -$455 -4.1%
Elderly 1,403 2,092 1,417 1,752 1,007 689 -676 335 -745 -396 -3.5
Non-elderly with kids 1,711 1,702 1,363 1,481 1,561 -9 -339 118 80 -150 -1.3
Non-elderly without kids 1,000 1,404 1,005 1,114 1,090 404 -399 109 -23 90 0.8
All non-elderly 2,711 3,106 2,368 2,595 2,651 395 -738 227 56 -59 -0.5
Pensions and other income $2,247 $3,692 $4,642 $5,667 $5,820 $1,446 $950 $1,024 $153 $3,573 31.9%
Elderly 940 1,819 2,513 3,358 2,954 880 693 845 -403 2,015 18.0
Non-elderly with kids 717 843 1,052 1,143 1,290 126 209 90 147 572 5.1
Non-elderly without kids 589 1,030 1,078 1,166 1,576 440 48 88 410 987 8.8
All non-elderly 1,307 1,873 2,130 2,309 2,866 566 257 179 557 1,559 13.9
Cash transfers $3,942 $5,058 $5,992 $6,034 $6,739 $1,116 $934 $42 $705 $2,797 25.0%
Elderly 2,100 3,449 4,004 4,193 4,262 1,349 555 189 69 2,161 19.3
Non-elderly with kids 993 779 947 819 865 -214 168 -128 45 -128 -1.1
Non-elderly without kids 849 830 1,042 1,022 1,613 -19 211 -20 591 764 6.8
All non-elderly 1,842 1,610 1,989 1,841 2,478 -232 379 -148 636 636 5.7
Employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) $2,163 $2,358 $2,976 $2,568 $3,558 $195 $618 -$407 $989 $1,395 12.5%
Elderly
Non-elderly with kids
Non-elderly without kids
All non-elderly
In-kind income minus ESI $971 $1,812 $3,003 $3,368 $4,176 $841 $1,192 $364 $809 $3,206 28.6%
Elderly 615 1,480 2,201 2,512 2,726 865 721 311 214 2,112 18.9
Non-elderly with kids 1,725 1,667 2,400 2,084 2,813 -58 733 -316 729 1,088 9.7
Non-elderly without kids 794 1,022 1,378 1,340 2,195 228 356 -39 855 1,401 12.5
All non-elderly 2,519 2,690 3,778 3,424 5,008 170 1,088 -354 1,584 2,489 22.2

Source: Authors' analysis of Congressional Budget Office (2010c)

Updated May 20, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Underlying data are unpublished data on income source by family type from the Congressional Budget Office related to its 2010 Web resource, Average Federal Taxes by Income Group. Data are inflated to 2011 dollars using the CPI-U-RS.

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