Median Family Income Data Change

The median family income data has changed.

November 1, 2017

The median family income figures used to determine bankruptcy qualification and establish payment plan amounts have changed. All debtors filing cases after November 1, 2017, must use the new data.

You can find the new figures on the U.S. Trustee’s website by following these steps:

  • Select “Means Testing Information” from the menu on the left of the page.
  • Scroll down to the box entitled “Data Required for Completing the 122A Forms and the 122C Forms.”
  • Use the drop-down menu to select “11/1/2017 and after.”
  • Click on the “Census Bureau Median Family Income By Family Size” link.

The income figures determine whether a filer qualifies for a discharge in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. A filer must also use the information to determine a payment plan amount in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

The changes vary widely depending on the particular state. For instance, the median income for a single person in select states has changed as follows:

  • Alabama $45,432 ($1,956 increase)
  • Hawaii $63,137 ($2,080 increase)
  • Minnesota $53,474 ($659 increase)
  • Texas $46,253 ($456 decrease)
  • Washington $62,054 ($2,909 increase)

Median income information changes regularly. It’s important to verify data against the most recent figures posted on the U.S. Trustee site.

Learn more in Chapter 7 Means Test: Comparing Your Income to the State Median Income.

Effective date: November 1, 2017