Household income of the broad middle class, actual and projected assuming it grew at overall average rate, 1979–2010

Actual Projected
1979 $61,500.85 $61,500.85
1980 $59,410.80 $59,496.24
1981 $59,165.77 $59,378.47
1982 $58,045.20 $59,190.13
1983 $57,113.42 $59,607.40
1984 $60,436.44 $62,791.97
1985 $60,455.80 $63,846.45
1986 $62,311.33 $68,438.53
1987 $61,350.34 $66,237.78
1988 $62,294.69 $69,160.78
1989 $63,135.03 $69,649.78
1990 $63,346.74 $69,117.33
1991 $62,385.30 $67,438.64
1992 $62,719.35 $69,281.92
1993 $63,536.81 $69,690.99
1994 $63,950.92 $70,539.98
1995 $65,918.30 $73,252.34
1996 $66,667.39 $75,701.52
1997 $67,763.61 $78,584.99
1998 $69,986.27 $82,248.14
1999 $71,838.84 $85,781.89
2000 $71,671.22 $87,064.80
2001 $71,700.18 $82,452.42
2002 $70,110.64 $79,223.47
2003 $70,173.65 $80,341.96
2004 $72,564.81 $85,091.74
2005 $73,697.74 $89,243.02
2006 $74,371.55 $91,962.80
2007 $76,450.81 $94,341.19
2008 $73,564.59 $86,936.24
2009 $72,740.58 $82,433.72
2010 $72,843.79 $84,733.87

Note: Data show average income of 20th–80th percentile.

Source: Authors' analysis of Congressional Budget Office (2013)

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