What Is the Median Household Income?

The median household income is $70,784, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Anna Helhoski
By Anna Helhoski 
Edited by Laura McMullen

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The national median household income is $70,784, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey data for 2021. Median household income varies broadly by location, ranging from under $40,000 in some cities, to over $150,000 in others.

Median household income in the U.S., adjusted for inflation, grew nearly 27% from 1984 to 2021, census data shows. But from 2019 to 2021, median household income saw a 2.8% decline from its peak of $72,808.

Median income by state

The state with the highest household median income is Maryland at $97,332, according to the 2021 U.S. Census Bureau population survey. The state with the lowest household median income is Mississippi at $46,637.

Scroll to find out what median household incomes are like in your state.

Median income by city

By city, median household income is highest in Dublin, California, at $205,219, according to 2021 U.S. Census Bureau data. Median income is lowest in Pharr, Texas, at $32,217. Income often correlates with an area's cost of living for housing, taxes, transportation and more. A city that's expensive to live in typically has a high median income, and vice versa.

Find out what the household median income is in your area using 2021 data for 630 cities tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau.