Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Indicator 10.2.1: Proportion of people living below 50 per cent of median income, by sex, age and persons with disabilities

Percentage of full-time workers earning less than $25,000 a year


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This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from City of Los Angeles statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from Angeleno statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other Angeleno-specific metadata information.

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Percentage of full-time workers earning less than $25,000 a year

Indicator description

Median earnings in the City of LA has changed in the years 2009-2017 but has stayed around $35,000 - $46,000. The Census Bureau reports a data table on earnings by income brackets. This data shows the percentage of population earning less than $25,000 a year.

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City of Los Angeles

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Every year, the Census Bureau collects data on how much money households obtain from 50 different sources, all of which we label “income.” Earnings, primarily wages and salary from a job, are usually a big source of income. Other sources of income include Social Security payments, pensions, child support, public assistance, annuities, money derived from rental properties, interest and dividends. Only full-time, year-round workers with earnings are included.


Proportion earning less than $25,000: Total earning less than $25,000/ total full-time workers with earnings

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WCCD/ISO 37120 Indicators on City Data Alignment

Aligns to WCCD - Income distribution (Gini Coefficient)

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Earnings in the Past 12 Months By Earning Category (in 2017 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars)

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By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

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Global indicator description

This indicator is a measure of relative income poverty at the national level. It measures how far individuals are from the median standard of living, approximating a measure of social exclusion. Persons living in relative poverty often experience many other forms of social and economic disadvantage through unemployment, poor housing, inadequate health care and barriers in accessing education and economic, social, political and cultural activities, which can result from social stigmatisation.

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) World Bank (WB)

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United States Census Bureau



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Geographical coverage

City of Los Angeles

Link to data source 2009-2017 American Community Survey Table 1-Year Estimates: Earnings in the Past 12 Months (S2001) opens in a new window
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