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Is There a Relation Between Race and Median Household Income?


White households in rural U.S. counties fell on hard times during the last decade, according to a Social Explorer analysis of newly released 2016-20 American Community Survey data. While the typical white household gained 5.3 percent for a median income of $68,943 in 2020, more than 215 of the nation’s 3,142 counties posted double-digit losses after adjusting for inflation.

Sparsely populated Loving County, Texas, saw its median household income plunge from $115,397 in 2010 to $44,076 in 2020. Hinsdale County in southern Colorado recorded a 57.1 percent drop for white households over the decade, with median incomes falling to $38,173. King County, another rural and lightly populated Texas place, posted a 46.8 percent decline to $38,571. Nationally, the typical white household reported a median income of $68,943.

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Author: Frank Bass

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