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Table 6 Percent of Households with Low and High Relative Incomes by Type of Household: 1969, 1979, 1983, 1989, 1993, and 1996

1969 1979 1983 1989 1993 1996
All households
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

20.7
12.1

21.2
13.1

22.1
14.8

22.4
15.3

22.7
16.8

22.2
16.6
Married-couple with children
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

10.3
8.3

11.8
10.0

16.3
11.0

14.9
11.9

15.1
15.8

14.2
15.1
Male householder with children, no spouse
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

21.9
11.0

22.5
8.2

25.5
8.9

28.2
7.5

31.5
6.3

30.1
5.1
Female householder with children, no spouse
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

56.4
0.9

52.9
0.9

57.1
1.4

57.2
1.8

57.4
2.0

55.0
2.0
Married-couple, no children, householder less than 40 years old
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

6.5
20.3

5.5
24.3

6.9
27.5

6.6
29.2

6.8
30.8

6.6
29.4
Married-couple, no children, householder 40 to 64 years old
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

7.3
28.2

6.9
30.2

8.4
30.9

8.1
32.7

7.9
35.8

7.6
36.2
Married-couple, no children, householder 65 years old or over
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

34.1
7.8

25.4
8.0

18.8
11.3

22.2
11.9

18.6
11.8

18.0
12.7
One-person household, male less than 65 years old
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

20.6
22.2

17.9
20.5

20.4
22.5

18.1
21.8

20.0
20.6

18.7
20.7
One-person household, female less than 65 years old
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

28.7
8.9

28.7
6.4

25.1
10.7

25.4
12.0

26.8
13.3

26.7
14.1
One-person household, male 65 years old or over
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

53.7
4.0

48.6
6.1

39.3
8.3

42.5
7.2

32.7
9.5

34.9
8.1
One-person household, female 65 years old or over
     With low relative income
     With high relative income

68.2
2.7

59.8
2.6

48.7
4.7

52.9
3.6

51.9
3.2

51.1
3.2
2-or-more-person household, male householder, no spouse or
children
     With low relative income
     With high relative income


16.2
22.8


12.6
20.9


14.0
22.7


12.4
20.3


14.1
21.5


15.4
19.7
2-or-more-person household female householder, no spouse or
children
     With low relative income
     With high relative income


24.7
9.8


20.4
9.4


23.0
11.0


19.5
12.5


20.3
14.3


21.5
13.9

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