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Distribution of income compared with distribution of wealth, 2010

Distribution of:
Household income Wealth (net worth)
Bottom 90% 55.5 23.3
90th–<99th percentile 27.3 41.3
Top 1% 17.2 35.4
All 100.0% 100.0%

Source:  Wolff (2012)

Updated August 20, 2012

Documentation and methodology

The table is based on unpublished analysis of 2010 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) data prepared in 2012 by Edward Wolff for the Economic Policy Institute. The definition of wealth used in this analysis of the SCF is the same definition of wealth used in the analysis of the SCF conducted by Bricker et al. (2012), except that the Bricker et al. analysis includes vehicle wealth, while this analysis does not.


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