Who are the region's top 1% of earners?

10/28/2011 9:16 AM

12/05/2012 2:16 PM

For weeks, protestors have gathered at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento to rail against the excesses of “the 1%” – the top earners they say are thriving while the other "99 percent" struggle to get by.

In many ways, the top 1% of earners in the Sacramento region look exactly like what the protestors at Cesar Chavez Park would expect: mostly old; mostly white; mostly native-born; mostly men.

But they also tend to be highly-educated; put in more hours at work than others; and served their country in the military at a high rate. They are more likely to be doctors than bankers.

Using census data from 2005 through 2009, here’s a breakdown showing characteristics of Sacramento residents who make more than $217,000 a year in personal income – enough to place them in the top 1% of the region’s earners. For comparison, facts about the rest of us are also shown.

RELATED: Recession widens gap between California's wealthy, others

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2005-2009; Bee Research
Notes: Figures shown are for Sacramento residents 16 and older. Median income for “everyone else” shown above only includes those in the labor force.
Updated Sunday, 10/29: Breakdown of 1%ers by profession now only includes those in labor force.

Editor's Choice Videos

 

Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service