Census: Typical Family Makes Less Today Than in 1989

A Census Bureau report released on Tuesday reveals that the typical American family now earns less than it did in 1989. In 1989, median household income was $51,681 (in current dollars). In 2012, median household income was $51,017. 

 Source: Census Bureau

Photo source: The Washington Post

Poverty levels in 2012 also climbed to 46.5 million Americans--15% of the country--from 46.2 million in 2011.

As Washington Post economics writer Neil Irwin put it, "This isn't a lost decade for economic gains for Americans. It is a lost generation."


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