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US Income Distribution

by Griffin_Nicoll, published

US Income Distribution by Griffin_Nicoll Oct 17, 2011

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United States Income distribution by household.

The #OCCUPYWALLSTREET (and other places) protests got me interested in looking up some real* income data, so I made a visualization. Each unit of height is $2000.

* Data from census.gov/hhes/www/cpstables/032011/hhinc/new06_000.htm

I used linear interpolation and the initial data only has 42 groupings, so these numbers aren't super accurate. It would be great if someone knew where some better data is. Data on net worth would also be interesting, but I'll save that for another day.

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a normal bell curve would be more representative of the data that you have. it would likely show the true population parameter of the average income and showed the skewness of the graph.
Try doing this for wealth distribution instead of income ..... MODEL PRINT OUT OF RANGE

:p

reminds me of:
http://visualecon.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2005_income_distribution.gif
The height is income, and each column represents a fixed percentage of the population arranged in order of income. You can think of this as what 49 households would make. If they represented the united states in total.

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If you want to see how I got the messy numbers used in the scad file, take a look at the spreadsheet.
a normal bell curve would be more representative of the data that you have. it would likely show the true population parameter of the average income and showed the skewness of the graph.
Try doing this for wealth distribution instead of income ..... MODEL PRINT OUT OF RANGE

:p

reminds me of:
http://visualecon.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2005_income_distribution.gif
Hmm. What does each axis represent? Props for getting your data from a credible source!
The height is income, and each column represents a fixed percentage of the population arranged in order of income. You can think of this as what 49 households would make. If they represented the united states in total.
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