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Table 1. Percent Difference Between 1969 and 1996 in Selected Economic Measures

(Dollar amounts in 1996 dollars)


Selected economic measures 1969 1996 Percent Difference
Disposable income (billions) /1 $2,626.0 $5,608.3 113.6
Personal consumption expend. (billions) /1 $2,372.3 $5,207.6 119.5
Resident population (thous.) /2 201,385 265,179 31.7
Per capita real disposable income (derived) $13,040 $21,149 62.2
Per capita personal consumption exp. (derived) $11,780 $19,638 66.7
Median household income /3 $33,072 $35,172 6.3
Average household income /3 $37,993 $47,101 24.0
Average income of households with incomes at or below the median /3 $17,466 $18,139 3.9
Average income of households with
incomes above the median /3


$58,519


$76,068


30.0
Mean number of year-round full-time workers in
one-person households with incomes at or below the median /3


.274


.286


4.4
Mean number of year-round full-time workers in
one-person households with incomes above the median /3


.769


.757


-1.6
Mean number of year-round full-time workers in
two-or-more-person households with incomes
at or below the median /3



.545



.546



0.2
Mean number of year-round full-time workers in
two-or-more-person households with incomes
above the median /3



1.207



1.372



13.7
Per capita money income /4 $11,975 $18,136 51.4

1/ Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Survey of Current Business. The BEA publishes estimates of income and expenditures in chained 1992 dollars. The author used a factor equal to the 1996 value expressed in 1996 dollars divided by the 1996 value expressed in chained 1992 dollars to convert pre-1996 estimates into estimates expressed in 1996 dollars.

2/ Data for 1969 can be found in the historical tables included in the Census Bureau report "United States Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin:1980 to 1988, Series P25-1045." Data for 1996 can be found at the following internet site:

<http://www.census.gov/population/estimates/nation/intfile2-1.txt>.

3/ Calculations by the author using data from March Current Population Surveys. The CPI-U-X1 was used to convert amounts expressed in 1969 dollars into amounts expressed in 1996 dollars.

4/ Data can be found at the following internet site: <http//www.census.gov/hhes/income/histinc/p01.html>.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Income |  Last Revised: September 13, 2011