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Who's got the money?

May 31, 2012: 2:00 PM ET

Who makes the big bucks in America?

Middle-aged white couples.

We all know that income is concentrated in the United States, but Sentier Research has crunched the data to show just who has the money.

Take a look at the breakdown by race:

White households have an aggregate income of $6.2 trillion, while Hispanics have an aggregate income of $710 billion and blacks $641 billion. Asians, meanwhile, have $419 billion.

To be sure, there are more white households in the U.S. But they and Asians have a greater share of the total income than their share of households. Blacks and Hispanics have a smaller slice of the pie.

California residents, meanwhile, command almost 13% of the nation's aggregate income...or a cool $1 trillion.

And check out how much residents of the top 10 states with the largest total incomes pull in:

Sentier also calculated that married couples have an aggregate income of $5.4 trillion, far more than the $1.2 trillion earned by single folks and the $421 billion brought home by single-parent households.

And among married couples, those age 35 to 54 received more than half the total income, or $2.8 trillion.

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Tami Luhby
Tami Luhby
Senior writer, CNNMoney

Tami Luhby is a senior writer at CNNMoney and covers income inequality, state fiscal problems, unemployment, housing policy and other economic issues. Luhby previously covered personal finance for Newsday and banking for Crain's New York Business.

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