What are we measuring?
Median household income is the amount which divides the income distribution into two equal groups, half of households having income above that amount, and half having income below that amount. Income includes wage or salary income; net self-employment income; interest, dividends, or net rental or royalty income or income from estates and trusts; Social Security or Railroad Retirement income; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); public assistance or welfare payments; and retirement, survivor, or disability pensions.
Why are we measuring it?
Median household income is one measure, among many, that gauges the economic well-being of the county. Median household income provides information about the financial resources available to households. Higher household incomes are associated with a higher standard of living. Household income is closely tied to employment levels, educational attainment, and economic opportunities.
How are we doing?
The median income for Fulton County households has risen by over $12,000 since 2011 and by over $9,000 between 2014 and 2017 alone. As of 2017, Fulton ranked near the middle of its national benchmark counties.
Despite rising incomes in recent years, household incomes continue to vary tremendously across the county (see map below). The highest median incomes are generally found north of downtown Atlanta and into the cities of north Fulton County. The lowest incomes are found in the areas to the immediate west and south of downtown. The median income in the wealthiest census tract is over ten times higher than that in the poorest.