Census: U.S. Household Income Peaked at End of 20th Century; Down 6.5% in Last 7 Years

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 17, 2015 | 1:33pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Real median household income in the United States has been on a generally downward trend since it peaked at the end of the last century in 1999, according to data released yesterday by the Census Bureau.

In 2014, according to Table H-6 that the Census Bureau released along with its annual report on income and poverty in the United States, real median household income was $53,657.

The report said that was “not statistically different from the 2013 median,” which was $54,462.

However, said the Census Bureau, the median household income of $53,657 in 2014 was “6.5 percent lower than the 2007 (the year before the most recent recession) median ($57,357), and 7.2 percent lower than the median household income peak ($57,843) that occurred in 1999.”

According to Table H-6, which lists median household income in constant 2014 dollars for every year from 1975 through 2014, the real median household income in the United States was $55,313 in 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected president.

Of the four major regions of the country, the Northeast had the highest median household income ($59,210) and West had the second highest ($57,688), the Midwest had the third highest ($54,267) and the South had the lowest ($49,655).

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