Key stats, graphs, and maps on economic and social policy
$15,900: The median wealth of young families in 2010, a third of young families’ wealth in 1983
In regard to wealth accumulation, millennials are a “lost generation,” due to the recession, student loan debt, and other factors.
15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years
The poverty rate was roughly as high as it has been in any year since 1965, but it lower than one might expect post-recession.
5: Number of counties nationwide with property tax bills exceeding 3% of the median home price
From 2007 to 2011, most counties had property tax bills that were between 0.5 and 1.5 percent of the median home price.
Women are 32% more likely than men to have 4+ credit cards
Greater holding of store-branded credit cards may help explain the difference.
51% of out-of-school working youth work 40 weeks of the year or more
During working weeks, these youth work an average of 31 hours.
About 80% of new mortgage originations are backed by the federal government
One of the goals of housing finance reform is to increase the supply of private risk capital in the housing market.