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Can "median" be "average" for back of the napkin math?

Continuing the discussion from Current internet connectivity numbers:

Hey folks who’ve taken a math class: I’m trying to find “average monthly income”, but I keep finding “median” income instead.

I call this “back of the napkin”, because I’m not trying to present detailed research, just get a sense of how the numbers play out. How ought I proceed? :nerd_face:

Oh, forgot to add, this number I’m trying to find, it applies to equity, so I’m concerned by using median I will skew the numbers away from affected demographics, meaning poor folks in areas that have vastly different strata of living standard, and therefore the median skews higher, which generates a number that may be inaccessible to the those with the least income.