Sustainability Measure: Income

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Median Household Income
Definition: This indicator shows the income level that is exceeded by half of the households in the community. It is defined as the income in the past 12 months in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars.

Significance: A higher median income indicates a more prosperous community. In comparison to the average or "mean" income, which may be skewed by a small number of high-income households, the median income provides an indicator of the wealth of a broader section of the population.
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**Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File
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Median Household Income in the past 12 months in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars (Number of Tracts)
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Data Source: ACS/Summarized Data/2009-2013/5-Year Summary File


Monthly Earnings per Job
Definition: This indicator shows the average earnings for jobs located within the community.

Significance: Higher average earnings provided by local jobs indicate a greater earning potential for workers within the community, as long as the jobs are matched to the skills of the community's residents.

Resource Links:


Holzer, H. J. (2004). "Encouraging Job Advancement Among Low-Wage Workers: A New Approach." Brookings Institution, Welfare Reform & Beyond Policy Brief No. 30.
http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2004/05/poverty-holzer
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Data Sponsored By:U.S. Census Bureau and participating state LMI agencies

**Data Source: LEHD//Quarterly Workforce Indicators/Time Series


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