Unexpectedly Intriguing!
December 5, 2005

Political Calculations has previously looked at the level of the U.S. National Debt and compared it to the U.S.' National Income (as measured by nominal GDP), but not being mega-billionaires (yet), we'd like to break the numbers down into more personal terms. So, we’ve taken the data for the United States’ national income and national debt for the last 105 years and divided each figure by the estimated U.S. total population (from U.S. Census figures) for each year to come up with the per capita numbers presented in the chart below:

U.S. National Income and National Debt per Capita, 1900-2005

For 2005, we see that dividing the U.S.' national income and national debt equally among every man, woman and child in the U.S. provides every individual with a share of $42,416.50 USD of the national income as well as a share of the national debt equal to $26,726,65 USD!

For more information about where the numbers in the chart came from, see the following posts, which contain links to the original data sources:

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