• The average net worth of the lower half of the distribution, representing 62 million households, was $11,000 in 2013. About one-fourth of these families reported zero wealth or negative net worth, and a significant fraction of those said they were "underwater" on their home mortgages, owing more than the value of the home. This $11,000 average is 50 percent lower than the average wealth of the lower half of families in 1989, adjusted for inflation.

    Janet Yellen's Speech At the Conference on Economic Opportunity and Inequality at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, October 17, 2014.
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