Household Wealth Change 1987-2011

The figure shows the wealth change for US households and non-profit organizations from 1987-2011. Notice two dips in household wealth for 2002 and 2008. The dot-com bubble was the reason for the drop in US household wealth in 2002. During this year most of the loss of wealth was in the stock market. The great recession is the reason for the 2008 drop. Here the loses were much more widespread and damaging. First, the drop was greater, 22.5 percent versus 4.3 percent. Second, the housing sector took the most and longest lasting drop in wealth. Home value is the most important source of wealth for most households.

Source: Federal Reserve Table B 100 (A) Balance Sheet of Households and Nonprofit Organizations.

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