73 mln US households have discretionary income

73M US households have discretionary income 11.11.2007 [more]
About 73 mln US households now have discretionary income, up from about 57 mln in 2002, according to The Conference Board.
The% of the US population with discretionary income has increased to
nearly 64%, up from 52% in 2002. Total discretionary income in the US
topped $1.7 trillion in 2006, with the household average at $24,335.
Per capita income stood at $9,148. Nearly 78% of all discretionary
income is held by households earning more than $100,000. Average
discretionary income for this segment, $66,451, is 2.7 times the
national average. The region with the wealthiest concentration of
households is New England (including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont). About 63% of households have
discretionary income, with an average amount of $27,337. Household
discretionary income is lowest in the West North Central region
(including Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota
and South Dakota). Average household discretionary income in this
region is $20,749.

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