U.S. Median Household Income

Median Household Income

U.S. Median Household Income, 2016:

$57,617

—American Community Survey 1-Year Estimate

Household income—not to be confused with an individual's income—is defined by the Census Bureau as the sum of income generated by all the people over 15 years old who occupy a housing unit, such as a house or an apartment. A family is a type of household. A person living alone in a housing unit is also a household. In addition, households may be composed of unrelated people living together, like partners or roommates.

Every year, the Census Bureau contacts over 3.5 million households across the country to participate in the American Community Survey (ACS).

How does median household income vary by state? 

In 2016, Maryland had the highest median household income of any state, at $78,945. Mississippi had the lowest: $41,754. To see data for other years, use the time-slider beneath the map. 

How does household income vary by household size?

How does household income vary by the householder's age? 

A householder is a person in whose name a housing unit is owned, being bought, or rented. 

How does household income relate to home ownership?

Tenure refers to whether a housing unit is owner-occupied or renter-occupied.