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Income of Persons at New Peak in 1952 (Advance data, April 1953 sample survey)

Report Number P60-13
Component ID: #ti1827175508

The average person's income continued upward in 1952, although the gain was not so great as in the previous year. For all persons 14 years old and over receiving any money income, the average (median) income was estimated at $2,300 in 1952, about $100, or 5 percent, above the 1951 average, according to estimates released today by Robert W. Burgess, Director, Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. Between 1950 and 1951 a gain of about $200 had been recorded.

The average income of men, which has been rising steadily since the end of World War II, increased by about $150 to $3,100 during the past year. The proportion whose incomes were $5,000 or over rose from 14 percent to 16 percent over the same period. In 1945, at the close of World War II, only 5 percent of the men had incomes that high.

Among women, the average income in 1952 was about $100 higher than a year earlier. Even with this increase, however. women's incomes are still only slightly higher than at the close of World War II. One reason for this relative stability is that the effect of wage increases for women workers has been offset by an increase in the proportion of intermittent workers, particularly married women, whose annual earnings tend to be low.

Component ID: #ti702095047

A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

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