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Income of Families and Persons in Washington, D.C.: 1947

Report Number P60-04

About one out of every three families in the Washington (D. C.) Metropolitan District had money income of $5,000 or more in 1947, according to the results of a survey released today by J. C. Capt, Director, Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. One-half of all families had incomes of $4,200 or more and the same proportion of individuals not in families had incomes of $2,300 or more.

The average income of families was considerably lower in the city of Washington, D. C., than it was in the suburbs of the metropolitan district. The median (average) income of families was about $3,800 in the city of Washington, D. C., as compared with $4,600 in the remainder of the metropolitan district. On the other hand, individuals not in families had about the same average income in the city and in the remainder of the metropolitan district.

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