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Income of Families and Persons in the United States: 1948

Report Number P60-06

Eight million families in the United States received incomes of $5,000 or more in 1948, according to estimates issued today by Philip Hauser, Acting Director, Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. In contrast, 10 million had incomes under $2,000. The remaining 21 million families were in the $2,000 to $5,000 bracket. The distribution by income of the nation's 35 1/2 million families is shown below:1

Under $1,000 •••••••••••••••• 4,100,000 families
$l,000 to $1,999 ••••••••••••• 5,600,000 families
$2,000 to $2,999 •••••••••••• 7,900,000 families
$3,000 to $3,999 •••••••••••• 8,000,000 families
$4,000 to $4,999 •••••••••••• 5,000,000 families
$5,000 to $5,999 •••••••••••• 3,100,000 families
$6,000 to $9,999 •••••••••••• 3,800,000 families
$10,000 and over •••••••••••• 1,100,000 families

The income of the average (median) family was $3,200, or about $150 higher than in 1947 and about $600 higher than in the war years of 1944 and 1945. In contrast to the increase which was recorded for families (groups of two or more related persons), there was no increase for the 8 million individuals not in families who had the same median income, $1,000, in 1948 as they had had during the preceding four years.

1 These figures correspond to the percentage distribution given in table 1 of this report.

A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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