Median household income in the top 25 most populated U.S. cities in 2018
(in U.S. dollars)
Most populated cities in the U.S. - median household income 2018
This statistic shows the median household income of the top 25 most populated US cities in 2018. In New York, median household income was 63,799 U.S. dollars.

The median household income of the United States can be accessed here.

Median household income in populous U.S. cites

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2018, San Jose city in California had the highest median household income of cities ranking within the top 25 in terms of population. The median household income in San Jose was 113,036 U.S. dollars in 2018. In that year, San Francisco in California was ranked second, and Seattle, Washington third.

Following a fall after the great recession, median household income in the United States has been increasing in recent years. In 2007, before the worst of the recession, median household income was 56,436 U.S. dollars nationwide. As of 2013, median household income had dropped by roughly 3,800 U.S. dollars to 52,850 U.S. dollars, but has since increased to reach 63,179 dollars in 2018. As of 2018, median household income by state was highest in Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington D.C. and New Hampshire. It was lowest in Mississippi, New Mexico and Arkansas. Families with an annual income of 25,000 and 49,999 U.S. dollars made up the largest income bracket in America, with about 25.8 million households.

Data on median household income can be compared to statistics on personal income in the U.S. released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income rose to 17.57 trillion U.S. dollars in 2018, the highest value in over ten years. Personal income is a measure of the total income received by persons from all sources, while median household income is “the amount with divides the income distribution into two equal groups,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Half of the population in question lives above median income and half lives below. Though total personal income has increased in recent years, this wealth is not distributed throughout the population. In practical terms, income of most households has decreased. One additional statistic illustrates this disparity: for the lowest quintile of workers, mean household income has remained more or less steady for the past decade at about 13 to 14 thousand constant U.S. dollars annually. Meanwhile, income for the top five percent of workers has actually risen from about 244,138 U.S. dollars in 1990 to about 416,520 U.S. dollars in 2018.
Median household income in the top 25 most populated U.S. cities in 2018
(in U.S. dollars)
Median household income in U.S. dollars
San Jose city, California 113,036
San Francisco city, California 112,376
Seattle city, Washington 93,481
Washington city, District of Columbia 85,203
San Diego city, California 79,646
Portland city, Oregon 73,097
Boston city, Massachusetts 71,834
Austin city, Texas 71,543
Denver city, Colorado 68,377
New York city, New York 63,799
Los Angeles city, California 62,474
Charlotte city, North Carolina 60,764
Nashville-Davidson metropolitan government (balance), Tennessee 60,324
Fort Worth city, Texas 58,448
Phoenix city, Arizona 57,957
Chicago city, Illinois 57,238
Jacksonville city, Florida 54,269
Columbus city, Ohio 52,971
Dallas city, Texas 52,210
Houston city, Texas 51,203
San Antonio city, Texas 49,024
Indianapolis city (balance), Indiana 47,678
Philadelphia city, Pennsylvania 46,116
El Paso city, Texas 45,031
Detroit city, Michigan 31,283
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

In probability theory and statistics, a median is described as the numerical value separating the higher half of a sample, a population, or a probability distribution, from the lower half.

Population data for U.S. cities can be found here.

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Most populated cities in the U.S. - median household income 2018
This statistic shows the median household income of the top 25 most populated US cities in 2018. In New York, median household income was 63,799 U.S. dollars.

The median household income of the United States can be accessed here.

Median household income in populous U.S. cites

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2018, San Jose city in California had the highest median household income of cities ranking within the top 25 in terms of population. The median household income in San Jose was 113,036 U.S. dollars in 2018. In that year, San Francisco in California was ranked second, and Seattle, Washington third.

Following a fall after the great recession, median household income in the United States has been increasing in recent years. In 2007, before the worst of the recession, median household income was 56,436 U.S. dollars nationwide. As of 2013, median household income had dropped by roughly 3,800 U.S. dollars to 52,850 U.S. dollars, but has since increased to reach 63,179 dollars in 2018. As of 2018, median household income by state was highest in Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington D.C. and New Hampshire. It was lowest in Mississippi, New Mexico and Arkansas. Families with an annual income of 25,000 and 49,999 U.S. dollars made up the largest income bracket in America, with about 25.8 million households.

Data on median household income can be compared to statistics on personal income in the U.S. released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income rose to 17.57 trillion U.S. dollars in 2018, the highest value in over ten years. Personal income is a measure of the total income received by persons from all sources, while median household income is “the amount with divides the income distribution into two equal groups,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Half of the population in question lives above median income and half lives below. Though total personal income has increased in recent years, this wealth is not distributed throughout the population. In practical terms, income of most households has decreased. One additional statistic illustrates this disparity: for the lowest quintile of workers, mean household income has remained more or less steady for the past decade at about 13 to 14 thousand constant U.S. dollars annually. Meanwhile, income for the top five percent of workers has actually risen from about 244,138 U.S. dollars in 1990 to about 416,520 U.S. dollars in 2018.
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