Median household income is $59,039, new US Census Bureau report says

Posted at 12:50 PM, Sep 12, 2017

Information released by the U.S. Census Bureau today shows a more than 3 percent increase in the median household income.

In 2016, the average annual household income was $59,039 — an increase of 3.2 percent over 2015's, which was $57,230. It's the second consecutive year the U.S. has seen an increase.

U.S. men continue to earn more than women, the report shows.


"The 2016 real median earnings of men ($56,640) and women ($41,554) who worked full-time, year-round were not statistically different from their respective 2015 medians," the Census Bureau's report says.

There are fewer people living in poverty, with 12.7 percent in 2016 compared to 13.5 percent in 2015.

The number of those without health care coverage is also down.

Measuring the Nation's Social and Economic Well-Being

Family households have a real median income of $75,062, and non-family households bring in $35,761. Both of those are increases over the previous year.

Non-Hispanic, white households have a real median income of $65,041, while black households have a median of $39,490. Hispanic households have a real median income of $47,675.

Regionally, the Northeastern United States has the highest median household income at $64,390. It's followed by the West ($64,375), then the Midwest at $58,305 and the South ($53,861).