Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexWashingtonDistrict of ColumbiaNational
Income per capita$58,659$48,781$29,829
Median household income$90,842$72,935$55,322
Median income owner occupied$140,459$118,203$70,586
Median income renter occupied$61,871$49,113$35,192
Median earnings male$65,719$51,839$36,919
Median earnings female$55,046$44,179$26,250
Unemployment rate5.0%6.0%4.7%
Poverty level15.5%17.9%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Washington is 97% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Washington is 64% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Washington is 7% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Washington is 2% higher than the national average

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      $60,555 $90,842 $181,684
      $48,618 $72,935 $145,870
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Washington median earnings by income bracket

      Washington employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry4.9%4.9%
      Manufacturing sector1.4%1.4%
      Financial & insurance services4.3%4.3%
      Wholesale & retail services5.6%5.6%
      Public administration16.4%16.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.8%4.8%
      Education, health & social services12.8%12.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Chevy Chase Section Three, MD900$250,001351.9%
      Somerset, MD952$250,001351.9%
      Chevy Chase town, MD2,948$250,001351.9%
      Chevy Chase View, MD1,151$250,001351.9%
      Chevy Chase, MD2,979$250,001351.9%
      Washington, DC701,974$90,84264.2%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Vancouver, BC694,440n/a 
      Boston, MA689,326$76,29837.9%
      Denver, CO715,878$72,66131.3%
      El Paso, TX679,879$48,86611.7%
      Detroit, MI672,351$32,49841.3%
      Washington, DC701,974$90,84264.2%
      Source: The Washington, DC employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).