General Debt Research and Stats

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PPP Article on Wealth - StatsPPP Stats on Wealth and Inequality (Potential answer to: How would we pay for it?!)

  • In 2015, total household wealth stood at $71.3 trillion.
  • This is equal to $220,000 per person, or $880,000 for every family of four, if the wealth was distributed evenly throughout society.
  • The owners of this wealth, or capital, capture around 30 percent of the income produced by the country every year.
  • In 2015, total US capital income was around $4.8 trillion.
  • If this unearned portion of the national income was distributed equally to every individual in society, then each person would receive around $15,000 of income per year in addition to whatever else they receive from working.
  • In 2014, the average wealth of the bottom half was $349. For the top one percent, it was over $16 million.
  • In 2014, the bottom half had an average capital income of $826. For the top one percent, it was over $750,000.
  • In 2014, just 5.1 percent of the bottom half’s income came from capital. For the top one percent, around 58.9 percent of income came from capital.
  • The top 0.01 percent of individuals in society have an average income of $28 million. Three-fourths of that income, or $21 million, came from capital in 2014.