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California Household Income

According to the Census ACS 1-year survey, the median household income for California was $67,739 in 2016, the latest figures available. Compared to the median US household income, California median household income is $10,122 higher. 2017 Census ACS data (including 2017 California household income numbers) will be released in September of 2018. California median family income and per capita income for California are shown further down.

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Real Median Household Income in California

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US $57,617 +2.01% +7.02%
California $67,739 +3.71% +9.22%

California Real Median Household Income Trends since 2005

The current median household income for California is $67,739. Real median household income peaked in 2007 at $69,395 and is now $1,656 (2.39%) lower. From a post peak low of $60,974 in 2012, real median household income for California has now grown by $6,765 (11.09%).

Real Median Household Income: California, National

Historical Real Median Household Income for California

Date US California
2016 $57,617 $67,739
2015 $56,480 $65,315
2014 $54,398 $62,788
2013 $53,838 $62,020
2012 $53,701 $60,974
2011 $53,879 $61,118
2010 $55,093 $63,527
2009 $56,180 $65,923
2008 $58,000 $68,024
2007 $58,736 $69,395
2006 $57,677 $67,431
2005 $56,832 $65,910

California Family Income

The ACS 1-year survey shows that the median family income for California was $77,359 in 2016. Compared to the median US family income, California median family income is $6,297 higher. Like the median household income numbers, 2017 family income data will be released in September of 2018.

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Real Median Family Income in California

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US $71,062 +2.81% +7.71%
California $77,359 +3.82% +10.05%

California Real Median Family Income Trends since 2005

The current median family income for California is $77,359. Real median family income peaked in 2007 at $78,119 and is now $760 (0.97%) lower. From a post peak low of $69,218 in 2012, real median family income for California has now grown by $8,141 (11.76%).

Real Median Family Income: California, National

Historical Real Median Family Income for California

Date US California
2016 $71,062 $77,359
2015 $69,122 $74,511
2014 $66,820 $71,996
2013 $65,977 $70,296
2012 $65,363 $69,218
2011 $65,564 $69,854
2010 $66,721 $72,084
2009 $68,329 $74,992
2008 $70,638 $78,066
2007 $70,813 $78,119
2006 $69,670 $76,857
2005 $68,618 $75,554

California Per Capita Income

The ACS survey shows the median per capita income for California was $33,389 in 2016. Compared to the US per capita income, California per capita income is $2,261 higher. Per capita income numbers for 2017 will be released in September of 2018.

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Real Per Capita Income in California

2016 1 Year Change 3 Year Change
US $31,128 +2.54% +7.19%
California $33,389 +4.39% +9.80%

California Real Per Capita Income Trends since 2005

At $33,389, the per capita income for California was at a new inflation adjusted high in 2016.

Real Per Capita Income: California, National

Historical Real Per Capita Income for California

Date US California
2016 $31,128 $33,389
2015 $30,358 $31,986
2014 $29,288 $30,861
2013 $29,041 $30,410
2012 $28,558 $29,626
2011 $28,494 $29,722
2010 $28,687 $30,111
2009 $29,542 $31,194
2008 $30,755 $32,761
2007 $30,894 $33,197
2006 $30,078 $32,110
2005 $30,768 $32,937