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Counties with the worst income inequality

  • Counties with the worst income equality

    Income inequality is an especially pressing issue in the United States, particularly when compared to other economic superpowers around the world. In the past 35 years, countries in Western Europe that boast some of the strongest gross domestic products internationally have the top 1% consistently controlling between 10% and 12% of national income: Approximately half of the 2224% is held by the bottom half of breadwinners.

    While the United States shared this healthy balance in 1980, the tables have since turned, with the top 1% now controlling an immense 20% of income and the bottom half earning about 13% of the nation’s wealth. While this immense disparity should be troubling to people across the nation, certain regions contribute much more heavily to the income gap than others.

    In seeking to highlight the locations which best exemplify this problem, Stacker referenced data from the Economic Policy Institute and listed the 50 American counties with the worst income inequality. These counties are ranked according to ratio of average income earned by the top 1% to the average income earned by the remainder of the county’s population.

    Read on to see if your county is among the most economically unequal in the nation.

    ALSO: How severe is income inequality in your state?

  • #50. Dimmit County, TX

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,239,893

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $35,272

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 35.2x

  • #49. Routt County, CO

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,507,070

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $71,006

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 35.3x

  • #48. Los Angeles County, CA

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,780,441

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $50,122

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 35.5x

  • #47. Davidson County, TN

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,851,972

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $51,955

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 35.6x

  • #46. Midland County, TX

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,940,433

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $81,857

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 35.9x

  • #45. Colusa County, CA

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,585,605

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $43,693

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 36.3x

  • #44. McCracken County, KY

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,489,691

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $40,881

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 36.4x

  • #43. Richmond County, VA

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,581,439

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $42,431

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 37.3x

  • #42. Lake County, IL

    Average income of the top 1%: $3,113,398

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $83,238

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 37.4x

  • #41. Norfolk County, MA

    Average income of the top 1%: $3,184,335

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $83,872

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 38x

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