Change Indicator

Median family income for families living with their children in North Carolina

Median family income for families living with their children

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Definition and Source



Median family income in the past 12 months (in inflation-adjusted dollars) for families in which own children under age 18 live in the household.

"Own children" include the head of the household's children by birth, marriage, or adoption.

The median income is the dollar amount that divides the income distribution into two equal groups—half with income above the median and half with income below the median.

Income data are collected for the 12 months prior to the survey and are adjusted to reflect income in December of the survey year. For example, respondents who received the survey in January 2020 reported income for January through December 2019. Respondents who received the survey in December 2020 reported income for December 2019 through November 2020. All of that income data was then weighted to reflect December 2020 dollars.


Although overlapping 5-year time periods are shown for this indicator, the Census Bureau suggests comparing periods that do not overlap—for example, comparing 2013–2017 estimates with 2018–2022 estimates. This means waiting longer to identify a trend. However, in areas undergoing fundamental shifts in the size or composition of the population, change may be so substantial that it will be obvious after only a few years. For more information on making comparisons with American Community Survey multi-year estimates, see Chapter 4 of Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data: What All Data Users Need to Know

Data accessed December 2023.

Last Updated

December 2023