Native Washingtonian 101 – we’re not rich as people think

Lincoln Reflecting PoolOne night on tour, a visitor told me she heard Rush Limbaugh say that everybody in Washington made more than $100,000. I told her it wasn’t true, she said it was.

“Lady, if I made $100,000 a year do you really think I’d be on this bus?” I said.

Won that debate.

I did some digging on the Dept. of Labor website and found some geeky numbers.

The average American household income is $46,326 for one wager-earner and $67,348 for two wager-earners. Only 2.7 percent of households make more than $200,000 and 17.8 percent earn more than $118,200.

The average District resident earns $60,903. So I guess we’re doing better than some people around the country, but they’re not paying the same high real estate costs as we are. Frankly, if you’re making $60,000 and have a family your money is tight.

Guess I’ll have to ask Rush for a loan.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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