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Richest Americans Got Richer in Past Decade, Far Outpacing Poor

  • Wealthiest 5% of Americans saw biggest jump in average income
  • Government data shows poverty improved but income gaps persist

Over the past decade, during an economic expansion that benefited most Americans, the richest made out the best.

The top 5% of households -- those making $451,122 on average last year -- have seen their inflation-adjusted incomes jump 28% since 2009, according to annual figures published by the Census Bureau on Tuesday.