The U.S. Census has released their 2006 report on income, poverty, and health coverage [pdf]. I always look forward to this report because it includes a wealth of statistics about economic distribution. They have a press release available here which provides an overview of the findings.

A few highlights for 2006:

  • Median household income was $48,200 (a slight rise over the previous year)
  • There was significant income variation by race/ethnicity (Asian households: $64,200; non-Hispanic White: $52,400; Hispanic: $37,800; and, Black: $32,000
  • The gender wage gap remained steady at 77% (meaning women earn, on average, 77 cents for every $1 men earn)
  • The poverty rate was 12.3% (the first decline since 2000)
  • The poverty level for a family of four was $20,614
  • 15.3% of people in the U.S. lacked health insurance coverage.

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