The nation's financial crisis is altering Americans' way of life from the home and the workplace to the highway and the altar, according to the Census Bureau's 2009 American Community Survey out Tuesday.
Median household income fell 2.9% from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 last year. It dropped in 34 states and increased in only one —North Dakota.
"The recession has affected every aspect of American life," says Mark Mather, a demographer at the Population Reference Bureau. "It doesn't matter if you're lower income or higher income, highly educated or just have a high school degree."