Table 5 After-tax income and consumption statistics1

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  Late 40s Mid-50s Early 60s Late 60s Early 70s
Average consumption-to-income ratio 0.817 0.771 0.827 0.877 0.920
Households with income less than consumption (%) 22.3 27.3 37.4 44.8 44.1
Median income gap ($) 4,700 5,200 5,300 5,000 6,100
1. Adjusted for family size. All dollar values were rounded to the nearest 100.
Sources: Statistics Canada, Survey of Family Expenditures (FAMEX), 1982 to 1992; Survey of Household Spending (SHS), 1997 to 2008.