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How the wealth distribution of American households shifted over the past 40 years

Why we're showing this to you: You can see the trends we've all heard about for years — more wealthy people, (slightly) more low-income people, and a shrinking middle class. The income data used here is adjusted for inflation to facilitate comparison.

Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

The underlying data comes from a new Census Bureau release, which showed median household incomes rising for a second year in a row to $59k.