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Income of Persons in the United States: 1955

Report Number P60-23

The average income of men reached a new record level in 1955, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of the Census,Department of Commerce. The average (median) income of men was $3,400 in 1955, a gain of about $160 over the previous year. Increased wage rates together with greater regularity of employment in 1955 largely accounted ror this substantial rise.

Among women, the average (median) income in 1955 was $1,100, about the same as it had been in the preceding three years.

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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