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$15,900: The median wealth of young families in 2010, a third of young families’ wealth in 1983

$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.

Source: 2013, Lost Generations? Wealth Building among Young Americans
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15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

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.

Source: 2013, Poverty in the United States
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5: Number of counties nationwide with property tax bills exceeding 3% of the median home price

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. 

Source: 2013, Property Taxes in the United States
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Women are 32% more likely than men to have 4+ credit cards

Women are 32 percent more likely than men to have four or more credit cards

Greater holding of store-branded credit cards may help explain the difference.

Source: 2014, Do Financial Knowledge, Behavior, and Well-Being Differ by Gender?
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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.

Source: 2015, Dropping Out and Clocking In
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About 80% of new mortgage originations are backed by the federal government

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. 

Source: 2014, Johnson Crapo GSE Discussion Draft: A Few Suggestions for Improvement
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