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  • Incomes Higher Here. In 2013, median household income in California was $60,000, compared to $52,000 for the nation as a whole.
  • Gap Between High-Income and Very Low-Income Households Also Greater. As shown above, the gap between high–income households (for example, the 90th percentile of households by income) and very low–income households (such as those at the 10th percentile) is greater in California than in the U.S. as a whole.
  • Source Information. This entry is based on data from the 2013 1-year American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS collects responses every year, instead of every 10 years. This entry uses the ACS public use microdata sample. This file includes anonymous individual responses to the survey that allow statistical users to perform custom analysis. Some of the data from this entry, however, is summarized by the Census Bureau and found in Table DP03.