Family Net Worth before the Recession

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Family Net Worth before the Recession

April 22, 2010

Using the 2007 Survey of Consumer finances, this Fact finds large differences in the level and composition of wealth across the income distribution. Before the recession, working-age families in the bottom-quintile had median net worth of $4,300 and held the majority of their wealth in housing. Top-quintile families had median net worth of over $500,000 and held less than one-quarter of their wealth in housing. With few liquid assets to draw from in case of a financial emergency, bottom-quintile families were in a vulnerable position at the onset of the recession.

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