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Median household income

Income is generally used as a measure of the economic well-being of individuals and communities. Median household income provides information about the financial resources available to households, and is closely tied to employment levels, educational attainment, and health.

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$57,189

Median household income in Clark County in 2017

$58,003

Median household income in Nevada in 2017

$60,336

Median household income in the U.S. in 2017

Median household income in Southern Nevada continues to climb, surpasses pre-recession levels in 2017

The region's median household income has been climbing back toward pre-recession, a six-year trend that mirrors national economic growth. Since 2012, median household income in Southern Nevada has increased more than 13 percent. The region's median household income was $57,189 in 2017, surpassing its most recent peak in 2008. 


However, Southern Nevadans earn less on average than the typical American, which wasn't the case prior to the recession. In 2007, for instance, the median household income in Southern Nevada was roughly 10 percent higher than that of the nation. As of 2016, the region's median household income is 5.35 percent lower than the U.S. median household income.


The map below displays median household income in Southern Nevada at the block group level. Approximately 44 percent of the block groups in the region had a median household income greater than region's.

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Source: American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates (2012-2016).

Racial and ethnic income disparities in Southern Nevada similar to U.S. 

While median household incomes have grown in recent years, the racial/ethnic income disparities have remained relatively consistent (see charts below).  As is the case nationally, Asian and white (non-Hispanic) households have higher median household incomes than all other racial/ethnic groups. In Southern Nevada, the 2017 median incomes of Asian and white (non-Hispanic) households were $64,279 and $64,250 respectively, while Hispanic/Latino and black households earned $50,973 and $39,941 respectively.


While incomes of black, Hispanic/Latino, and white (non-Hispanic) households in Southern Nevada track closely with national averages, the median Asian household income in the region is nearly $20,000 less than the median income of an Asian household nationally.

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About the data

The U.S. Census Bureau reports income from several major household surveys and programs. Here you can find income estimates, learn about these surveys and programs, and get guidance on how to choose the right estimate for your needs.


Household income includes the sum of income earned by individuals 15 years and older living in a household during the calendar year, whether they are related to the head of the householder or not. A person living alone is also counted as a household. Income includes wages and salaries, transfer payments, child support, rental receipts, dividends, and interest, as well as other kinds of income routinely received. Median household income has been adjusted for inflation. Median refers to the midpoint of the income distribution, with half the number of households receiving income above the midpoint and half receiving income below. It is important to note that a household often includes more than one income earner.


The American Community Survey (ACS), administered by the Census Bureau, offers comprehensive information on social, economic, and housing characteristics and because of its large sample size – about 2.9 million addresses per year – the ACS is useful for subnational analyses, serving as the best source for survey-based state level income and poverty estimates.


The ACS provides single-year estimates of income and poverty for all places, counties, and metropolitan areas with a population of at least 65,000 as well as the nation and the states, and provides estimates for all geographies, including census tracts and block groups using data pooled over a five-year period. Both single and five-year estimates are updated every year.


To learn more about income in  Southern Nevada or for additional information on the data presented above, contact Southern Nevada Strong.

Last updated October 2018