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January 20, 2009
California Index: income

My column on Sunday featured the latest update of my Quality of Life Index, in which I check in on a dozen statistical measures of life in California. But in this age, 12 measures seems like a puny number, and once a year is not often enough for an update. So I am going to try to create an archive of charts that I can update as new data is available, and I can add more if readers suggest good ideas. Here are the first two charts, on personal income per capita and median family income. You can click on the data points on the graph to see the underlying numbers:

 Personal income per capita. This chart shows that income per capita measured in current dollars and adjusted for inflation has climbed over the past ten years. Adjusted for inflation, income per person in California climbed by about 27 percent between 1997 and 2007. In the most recent year for which numbers are available, per capita income grew by 4.3 percent, or 1.7 percent after inflation.

Source: Department of Finance

Median family income. Median family income has not risen as fast as per capita income. Between 1997 and 2007, median family income increased by about 18 percent after adjusting for inflation. In the most recent year, median family income grew by 8.8 percent, or 6.1 percent after inflation.


Source: Department of Finance

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