Washington, D.C.

Average DC Household Income Up 23 Percent Since 2000

Rest of America saw income decline

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American incomes have tumbled over the last decade. But for many people in Washington, D.C., it's been something of a party. 

The income of the typical D.C. household rose 23.3% between 2000 and 2012 to an inflation-adjusted $66,583, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, its most comprehensive snapshot of America's demographic, social and economic trends. During this period, median household incomes for the nation as a whole dropped 6.6% — from $55,030 to $51,371. The state of Mississippi, which had one of the biggest declines, dropped 15% to $37,095: Nearly one in three people there have an income that is near the poverty line.

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