United States

The one chart you need to understand how income is distributed in the US  

Just as the pandemic had an impact on income distribution, rising inflation and interest rates are now tightening budgets for many households. Image: Unsplash/Rowan Heuvel

Avery Koop
Author, Visual Capitalist
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A visualization of household income distribution in America.
America's household income distribution visualized as 100 homes. Image: Visual Capitalist

A table showing the share of U.S. households in each income distribution bracket and the number of homes they represent.
20% of Americans are in the $25-$49.9k income distribution bracket. Image: Visual Capitalist

median income distribution
Income distribution in America: Income for those considered middle class has jumped by 50% over the last five decades. Image: Visual Capitalist

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