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Median family income among households with children in United States

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Definition and Source



Median annual income for families with own children under age 18 living in the household.

"Own children" include the householder's (head of the household) 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, half with income below it.

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 2005 reported income for January through December 2004. Respondents who received the survey in December 2005 reported income for December 2004 through November 2005. All of that income data was weighted to reflect December 2005 dollars.

Data Source

PRB analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey table B19125.


S – Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.

 N.A. – Data not available.

Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts.  Cities for which data is collected may change over time. 

Use caution when comparing congressional districts over time. Congressional district boundaries may change between decennial censuses. Annual data for each congressional district refers to the boundaries for that district in that year.

 A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at Median family income among households with children.

Last Updated

November 2023