Socioeconomic Diversity and Trends

By Mosy

The reported median income for Black Rock City Residents in 2014 was $53,937 and the largest percentage of residents reported earning between $54,000-$74,999 per year as individuals.

Personal Income of 2014 Participants

Personal Income of 2014 Participants

Over the last three years, the median income has continued to rise, from $44,061 to $51,084, to $53,937 in 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively. Further research into national and state median household income coincides with the trend reflected in BRC Census data. Median household income for United States residents rose from $51,915 in 2012 to $52,250 in 2013[1]. Of some interest, the median household income for the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area was among the top in the nation with $79,624. California contributes the largest percentage of the BRC population.

Median Income Trended 2012-2014

Median Income Trended 2012-2014

Primary income earners reported similarly for 2013 and 2014. United States Census data are reported as an aggregate for the household, whereas BRC residents are differentiated into Primary and non-Primary income earners. In both categories the majority of burners report earning between $50,000 to $75,000 per year.

2014 Income from Primary Earners

2014 Income from Primary Earners

2014 Income from Non-Primary Earners

2014 Income from Non-Primary Earners

The below graph shows personal income trends from 2012 through 2014. Of note, the data for 2012 had a cutoff of $100,000 and above which is why it appears skewed to the more affluent.

 

Trended Income from 2012-2014

Trended Income from 2012-2014

If we just look at the data for the last two years where we have more differentiation in higher income levels, we see that each of those income buckets greater than $100k are growing from 2013 to 2014 with corresponding declines in participants making less than $15,000 per year.

Trended Income for just 2013 and 2014

Trended Income for just 2013 and 2014

[1] http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acsbr13-02.pdf


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