The median income of all families in 1963 was about $6,200; but for families headed by college graduates, the median was $9,700. The median for all families was about $290, or 5 percent, higher than in 1962. Consumer prices rose during this period by about 1 percent; therefore, not all of this amount represented a net gain in purchasing power for the average family.1
Median family income in current dollars has more than doubled in the postwar period (from about $3,000 in 1947 to about $6,200 in 1963). This rise was accompanied by a gradual upward shift of families on the income scale. However, consumer prices have risen substantially during this period so that only about three-fifths of the increase in current-dollar incomes represented an increase in real income. In terms of constant (1963) dollars, median family income increased from $4,200 in 1947 to $6,200 in 1963. This increase was less pronounced than the increase in current-dollar income, but it was nevertheless substantial.
1 See Monthly Labor Review, March 1964, Vol. 87, No. 3, table D-1, page 370.
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