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Does your family make over $232,000? Congrats, you’re in the top 5 percent

Not a whole lot changed regarding median household incomes, poverty, and health insurance between 2011 and 2012. Inflation-adjusted median incomes for family households and nonfamily households in 2011 and 2012 were not statistically different; both were about 8.3 percent below 2007, before the recession. Same for earnings, the poverty rate, and the percentage of people getting private health insurance or Medicaid. The percentage of people getting Medicare increased, as did the share of people getting any kind of health insurance, but that's a normal consequence of aging.

Also unchanged was the overall distribution of income in the United States. But it is, as ever, a striking picture: