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Average household income, by income group, 1967–2010 (2011 dollars)

Income fifth Breakdown of top fifth
Bottom Second Middle Fourth Top 80th–<95th percentile Top 5 percent
Real money income
1967 $9,420 $26,100 $41,668 $58,300 $104,920 $84,725 $165,505
1979 11,566 28,769 47,432 69,606 124,917 103,052 190,513
1989 12,249 30,475 50,658 76,626 149,790 119,051 242,009
1995 12,229 29,890 49,979 76,830 160,332 121,539 276,710
2000 13,266 33,123 55,159 85,747 185,812 137,866 329,650
2007 12,530 31,937 54,202 85,815 182,205 139,097 311,527
2010 11,382 29,540 50,865 81,534 174,985 134,393 296,763
Average annual change
1967–1979 1.7% 0.8% 1.1% 1.5% 1.5% 1.6% 1.2%
1979–1989 0.6 0.6 0.7 1.0 1.8 1.5 2.4
1989–1995 0.0 -0.3 -0.2 0.0 1.1 0.3 2.3
1995–2000 1.6 2.1 2.0 2.2 3.0 2.6 3.6
2000–2007 -0.8 -0.5 -0.2 0.0 -0.3 0.1 -0.8
1979–2007 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.7 1.2 0.9 1.5
2007–2010 -3.2 -2.6 -2.1 -1.7 -1.3 -1.1 -1.6

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement Historical Income Tables (Table H-3)

Updated May 20, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Underlying data are from Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement Historical Income Tables, Table H-3, “Mean Income Received by Each Fifth and Top 5 Percent, All Races: 1967 to 2010.” Data are inflated to 2011 dollars using the CPI-U-RS.

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