Money matters

Here's how much Fort Worth's household income surged in the past decade

How much Fort Worth's household income surged in the past decade

Fort Worth skyline
The median income in Fort Worth grew more than 20 percent from 2010 to 2019. Photo by benedek/Getty Images

While Fort Worth's household income shot up in the 2010s, the jump was less significant than in many other major U.S. metros, a new report shows.

Data compiled by apartment website RentCafé and published December 16 shows median household income inside the city of Fort Worth (not the larger metro area) grew 24.2 percent during the decade. 

Fort Worth ranks No. 38 for the rise in household income among the country’s 50 largest cities. Fort Worth's median household income grew from $48,224 in 2010 to $59,909 in 2019, according to RentCafé. For 2010 income, the website pulled data from the U.S. Census Bureau; it estimated 2019 household income based on a predicted 2.5 percent increase in the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

By comparison, the U.S. median household income stood at $63,179 in 2018, according to the Census Bureau, and Texas median household income checked in at $60,629.

“We’re better off by almost all measures than we were 10 years ago,” Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist for Northern Trust, told the Wall Street Journal in September. “But there are still some … flags that show that economic security remains more elusive for some families.”

Only one Texas city ranked among the country's top 10. Austin, No. 8, saw a 54.6 percent hike during the decade, from $47,434 in 2010 to $73,332 in 2019.

As ranked by RentCafé, the top 10 cities for growth in median household income from 2010 to 2019 are:

  1. Atlanta, 60.9 percent
  2. San Francisco, 60.5 percent
  3. Oakland, California, 59.3 percent
  4. Seattle, 59.1 percent
  5. Portland, Oregon, 58.8 percent
  6. Miami, 57.1 percent
  7. Denver, 55.5 percent
  8. Austin, 54.6 percent
  9. San Jose, California, 50.9 percent
  10. Brooklyn, New York, 48.9 percent

Down the ladder is Dallas, No. 27, where median household income increased 31.6 percent during the 10-year span — from $40,650 to $53,515. 

Houston appears at No. 40. From 2010 to 2019, median household income climbed 23.9 percent, going from $42,355 to $52,483.

San Antonio hovers close to the bottom of the 50-city list. Alamo City ranked 46th, with a 14.8 percent gain over the 10-year period. The median household income went from $43,758 to $50,250.