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## Tour of the US income distribution – “The L Curve”

Here is a great animated graphic that I got from a comment on the posting entitled “Distribution of Income – USA”.

The red line represents a graph of family income across the population. The height of the curve at any point is the height of a stack of \$100 bills equalling that income.

- The family at the 50th percentile, the 50-yard line of the football field, has an income of \$40,000 (A stack of \$100 bills 4cm tall)
- The family on the 95 yard line earns about \$100,000 per year, a stack of \$100 bills about 10cm high.
- At the 99 yard line the income is about \$300,000, a stack of \$100 bills about 30cm high.
- The curve reaches \$1 million (a 101cm high stack of \$100 bills) one foot from the goal line.
- From there it keeps going up and at 50 kilometers, the pile of \$100 bills extends beyond the stratosphere, more than 5 times the height of Mt. Everest.

Here is the link – just keep clicking Zoom Out on the site The L-Curve