Trends in the Distribution of Household Income From 1979 to 2020


CBO regularly analyzes the distribution of income in the United States and how it has changed over time. This slide deck presents the distributions of household income, means-tested transfers, and federal taxes between 1979 and 2020.

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On December 28, 2023, CBO reposted the "Table Builder" file to update a link to the tutorial video and to change a note that referred to The Distribution of Household Income, 2019 to instead refer to The Distribution of Household Income in 2020.