Graph depicting Income Growth by Party Since 1980
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Sources: Census

Data: Excel

Last updated: March 16, 2016


Income Growth for Each Quintile by Party of President Since 1980

Description: This graph shows the average annual change in the real income of each fifth of the population during the presidencies of Republican and Democratic presidents since 1980.

Related blog post: Inequality in America

Discussion: The incomes of every bracket fared much better under Democrats. The bottom three brackets lost income during Republican presidencies since 1980 while every bracket gained income during Democratic presidencies.

However, despite the much more rapid income growth under Democrats, the growth was extremely concentrated in the top quintile.

As a result of the concentration of income growth at the top during the presidencies of both parties, the distribution of income shifted dramatically between 1980 and 2013.

You can also see the same information with regard to the longer timespan of 1967 to 2013 here.

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