12 Ways Our Quality of Life Has Improved

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Most households took a hit during the recession, but median household net worth today is still about $104,000, 3.3 times what it was in 1970, after adjusting for inflation. And it’s about $17,000 higher than in the early 2000s, before the housing boom and bust caused huge distortions in home values.

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