The median American family — the exact middle between the wealthiest and the poorest — had the same amount of money in 2010 as it did in 1992, according to the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finance, an extensive and detailed look at American wealth undertaken every three years. While the latest data is 18 months old, it underscores the astonishing economic devastation wreaked by the Great Recession, which, beginning in 2007, swept away a chunk of the wealth accumulated since the early 1990s. (The Fed defines "wealth" as income plus assets — like homes, cars, and stocks — minus debts.) Here, a numerical look at the average family's struggles:

Net worth of the median American family in 2007

Net worth of the median family in 2010

Percentage drop in wealth over that three-year period

Median home equity — the value of a house minus what is owed on the mortgage — in 2007

Median home equity in 2010

Percentage drop of home equity since the start of the recession

Income of the median family in 2007

Median family income in 2010, an 8 percent drop

Median credit card balance in 2007

Median credit card balance in 2010, a 16 percent decline

Median percentage of debt that was education-related in 2007

Median percentage of education-related debt in 2010

Percentage of Americans late on their debt payments in 2007

Percentage late on payments in 2010

Median value of stock-based retirement plan in 2007

Median stock-based retirement plan in 2010, a 7 percent plunge

Sources: Associated Press, Federal Reserve, The New York TimesThe Washington Post