Median income in King County grew slowly since 1990 and stalled after 2007.
Wealth is the flip side of poverty, which the United Nations defines as “a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity.” A living wage opens the door to choice and opportunity. The distribution of wealth can enhance or undermine a society’s collective dignity.
Median income is the income level that divides households into two equal groups, with half of all households earning below the median and half above the median.
- After correcting for inflation, real income in King County has not increased in at least 2 decades.
- Between 2007 and 2010, median incomes in King County did not change significantly.