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What are some important points regarding US average national income?

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The average national income per capita for an individual is $28,155, according to the U.S. Census. For an average household in the United States, that median income is $53,046. The median incomes vary by city and often coincide with the cost of living.

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The number of people below the poverty level between 2009 and 2013 was 15.4 percent, according to the U.S. Census. Only 20.8 percent of U.S. households make over $100,000 a year. The median household income varies across the country depending on where a person lives. In parts of Los Angeles County, for example, the average household income is $105,481, but in neighborhoods of Shannon County, South Dakota, the median household income is $23,820.

Whether a family is considered middle class not only depends on their income but also how expensive it is where they live. A family in Seattle that makes $100,000 and a family in Detroit that makes $30,000 might both be considered middle class, according to data compiled by NPR.

The government defines a household as two or more relatives by birth, marriage or adoption living together, according to NPR. The average wage in the United States as of June 2015 was $10.49 an hour, down from $10.53 an hour in May, states the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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