Median Net Worth Of American Families Down 40 Percent In Three Years

There is a chilling report out from the Federal Reserve that the median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That returns American families to the wealth level of 1992.

The biggest hit were the middle class families. The wealthiest families actually saw a slight rise. The median for credit card debt did not materially change, however. Much of this decline is due to the decline in home values which remains the biggest investment for most families. Forty-seven percent of citizens do not pay taxes income taxes and 87 percent of those earn less than $20,000 a year.

These figures are remarkable since they parallel the Great Depression but we have not seen the same degree of displacement or social or political upheaval as a result. There are different theories from better public welfare programs to a new political dynamic with many lower and middle class families supporting either the Tea Party or GOP. It may also be that many families have experienced the decline but continue to hold on to their homes so that the diminishing in wealth does not manifest as sharply in their lives. Whatever the cause, the reduction in wealth has not produced a comparative political backlash that I can see.

Source: Washington Post

130 thoughts on “Median Net Worth Of American Families Down 40 Percent In Three Years

  1. Shano,

    The body would have the power to override U.S. law and issue penalties for failure to comply with its rulings.
    Good post. The fact is, U.S. law is already superfluous. It’s nothing more than subjectivity (at best). If you think it’s more than that, you’re dreaming. You might as well forget about going to law school. Wait until the 99% really does gets totally pissed off. Where is your spider hole?

  2. bettykath,

    Maybe that’s what the Mayans figured out.
    The Mayans didn’t figure out anything.

  3. bettykath, yes, NAFTA with a New World Order flavor when Multinational Corporations create their own international justice system that can over ride American laws- courts that only they can access.

  4. ID707,

    December 21, 2012. Three, three, three. Tesla was fixated with the number three.

    The Mayans didn’t create that calendar. They were the labor, but they weren’t the intelligence.

    • Was it to the base twenty they counted? 20 fingers and toes. And then there was forty mixed in somewhere, something to do with the apparent precession of the North star over 40 years, etc.
      Sounds good, just as yours does too. Tesla, an interesting figure.

      Connect it all the the regression of the median worth and you’ll a visit from the FED, or the feds. Do much betting on WS?

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