U.S. Real Median Household Income by Race


Proof Point

Median household income in U.S. increased by 0.4% annually between 1987 and 2016, with highest income from Asians

U.S. Real Median Household Income by Race

1987 – 2016 (US$ thousands)

Proof Point Findings

  • Real Median Household Income – Inflation-adjusted midpoint income level among households, with half of population earning more and other half earning less
  • U.S. Household Income Growth – Grew from $52,690 in 1987 to $59,039 in 2016, a 2% increase, despite going through three recession periods (1990-1991, 2001, 2007-2009)
  • Asian Lead – Asian demographic leads household income, earning more than one-third than average American with median household income of $81,431 in 2016
  • Blacks and Hispanics Lagging – Blacks and Hispanics lag behind average income with $39,490 and $47,675 in 2016, respectively


Market Disruption


Date Last Updated

January 5, 2018

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