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The map above shows a snapshot across town of the changes in median family income between 2000 and 2011.
The latest numbers show the national median household income was at $51,371 in 2012. It marked the first time since 2007 that it didn’t fall from the year prior.
However, it’s still below the median in 2000, when it was $55,030. Most people have experienced very little or no gains in income since the economy hit bottom in 2009 generally with the exception of the most highly educated and affluent Americans.
The data in this map is from the United States Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey. These values are an estimate for 2011 taking into account 60 months of collected data. You can learn more about the survey here.
Using your cursor, you can hover over any census tract – the geographic region defined by the U.S. Census – and see in the box in the upper right hand corner of the map the change in median family income.
What do you think explains the differences across town in median family income? Tell us in a comment or a blog post.