Net Worth Defined and Calculated: What Is My Net Worth?
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Net worth defined
Net worth is assets minus liabilities. Or, you can think of net worth as everything you own less all that you owe. Find your net worth by using our net worth calculator.
What is my net worth?
To calculate your net worth, take inventory of what you own, as well as your outstanding debt. And when we say own, we include assets that you may still be paying for, such as a car or a house.
For example, if you have a mortgage on a house with a market value of $200,000 and the balance on your loan is $150,000, you can add $50,000 to your net worth.
Basically, the formula is:
ASSETS minus LIABILITIES equals NET WORTH
Calculating net worth: What are assets and liabilities?
If you’re not sure what assets and liabilities are, here are some guidelines:
Assets: Assets include cash — such as in your checking, savings and retirement accounts — and items such as cars, property and investments that you could sell for cash. These are often referred to as liquid assets.
Some fixed assets can count toward your net worth calculation, too, provided you can or would sell them if needed. For example, your home would count toward your net worth if you’re willing to use it for a home equity line of credit or sell it should the need arise.
Liabilities: Any money you owe to another person or entity falls under this category. That includes revolving consumer debts — such as credit card balances — as well as personal, auto, payday and title loan balances. If you’re using your home as an asset, its mortgage counts as a liability as well.
Do you include a 401(k) in a net worth calculation?
All of your retirement accounts are included as assets in your net worth calculation. That includes 401(k)s, IRAs and taxable savings accounts.
Net worth calculator
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Compare your net worth
The Federal Reserve releases its Survey of Consumer Finances every three years — the most recent report was issued in September 2020 with data from a survey fielded in 2019. Here’s how net worth stacks up by income, age, family size and education, and how it has changed since 2016.
Net worth of U.S. families by income
Less than $20,000
$20,000 to $39,900
$40,000 to $59,900
$60,000 to $79,900
$80,000 to $89,900
$90,000 to $100,000
Net worth of U.S. families by age
Less than 35
75 or more
Net worth of U.S. families by race or ethnicity
Race or ethnicity
Black or African American non-Hispanic
Hispanic or Latino
Other or multiple race
Net worth of U.S. families by education
No high school diploma
High school diploma
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