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Income of Nonfarm Families and Individuals: 1946

Report Number P60-01

The average income of nonfarm families in 1946 was about $3,000, according to estimates issued today by J. C. Capt, Director, Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. The corresponding figure for individuals not in families, residing in urban and rural-nonfarm parts of the United States, was about $1,100. For the two groups combined, that is, for all urban and rural-nonfarm families and individuals,1 the average income was about $2,600.

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1 The definition of family used in this report is different from that used in other Census Bureau publications. A family is defined here as a group of two or more related persons residing in the same household. The term "individual" is used to refer to a person living alone or with persons not related to him. See section entitled "Definitions of terms and explanations."

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