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Share of people in the bottom and top family income fifths moving along the income scale, 1970–1980 to 1995–2005

Note: Moving far means moving at least two income fifths (e.g., from the bottom to the middle fifth, or from the top to the middle fifth). Data are missing for 1986–1996, 1988–1998, 1990–2000, 1992–2002, and 1994–2004.

Source: Adapted from Bradbury (2011, Figure 2)

Updated May 16, 2012

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The figure is adapted from Bradbury (2011), Figure 2, “Position-relative Origin-specific Mobility for Poorest and Richest Quintiles.”

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