Change in average wealth, by wealth group, 1962–2010 (thousands of 2010 dollars)

  Change
Wealth group* 1962 1983 1989 1998 2001 2007 2010 1962–1983 1983–2007 2007–2010 1983–2010
Average $194.2 $284.4 $325.8 $361.5 $468.1 $563.8 $463.8 46.5% 98.2% -17.7% 63.1%
Median 51.9 73.0 78.2 81.2 90.5 107.8 57.0 40.7 47.5 -47.1 -22.0
Bottom four-fifths $46.2 $66.4 $67.1 $75.1 $91.1 $105.5 $64.2 43.6% 59.0% -39.1% -3.2%
Bottom -7.1 -4.3 -24.6 -11.8 -10.1 -14.1 -27.5
Second 9.2 16.8 13.7 14.9 17.2 18.7 5.5 81.9 11.5 -70.7 -67.3
Middle 52.7 74.2 78.7 81.6 92.3 111.5 61.0 40.8 50.1 -45.3 -17.9
Fourth 130.1 178.7 200.7 215.8 265.1 306.0 216.9 37.4 71.2 -29.1 21.4
Top fifth $785.8 $1,156.5 $1,360.6 $1,507.3 $1,975.8 $2,396.7 $2,061.6 47.2% 107.2% -14.0% 78.3%
80th–<90th percentile 271.4 372.9 422.6 461.3 603.7 675.1 567.0 37.4 81.1 -16.0 52.1
90th–<95th percentile  480.3  690.5  756.6  834.0  1,154.2  1,263.4  1,263.4  43.8  83.0  0.0  83.0
Top 5%  2,120.2 3,189.9 3,840.8 4,272.5 5,541.7 6,973.2  5,841.9 50.5  118.6  -16.2 83.1
95th–<99th percentile  1,027.6  1,587.7  1,757.0  1,928.0  3,020.3  3,845.0  3,192.5 54.5 142.2 -17.0 101.1
Top 1%  6,490.6  9,598.6  12,176.0  13,650.2  15,627.3  19,486.1  16,439.4 47.9 103.0 -15.6 71.3

* Wealth defined as net worth (household assets minus debts)

Source: Wolff (2012)

View the underlying data on epi.org.