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    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?

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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

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    #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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    #40. Lee County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,673,922

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $43,148

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 38.8x

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    #39. Goochland County, VA

    Average income of the top 1%: $3,983,301

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $102,518

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 38.9x

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    #38. Pinellas County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,400,070

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $35,758

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 39.2x

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    #37. San Juan County, WA

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,004,457

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $50,582

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 39.6x

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    #36. Dallas County, TX

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,192,650

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $53,681

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 40.8x

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    #35. Shackelford County, TX

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,641,558

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $39,435

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 41.6x

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    #34. Essex County, NJ

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,434,197

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $58,195

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 41.8x

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    #33. Karnes County, TX

    Average income of the top 1%: $3,017,231

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $71,439

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 42.2x

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    #32. Fulton County, GA

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,718,778

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $64,232

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 42.3x

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    #31. Summit County, UT

    Average income of the top 1%: $4,784,667

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $110,003

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 43.5x

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    #30. Edwards County, TX

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,561,788

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $35,558

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 43.9x

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    #29. Douglas County, NV

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,272,387

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $51,276

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 44.3x

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    #28. Saratoga County, NY

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,549,869

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $56,124

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 45.4x

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    #27. Blaine County, ID

    Average income of the top 1%: $3,623,758

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $77,353

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 46.8x

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    #26. Marin County, CA

    Average income of the top 1%: $4,630,737

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $98,504

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 47x

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    #25. San Francisco County, CA

    Average income of the top 1%: $4,109,379

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $85,107

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 48.3x

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    #24. Benton County, AR

    Average income of the top 1%: $3,162,818

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $65,307

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 48.4x

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    #23. DeWitt County, TX

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,733,797

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $55,743

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 49x

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    #22. San Mateo County, CA

    Average income of the top 1%: $5,104,087

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $103,906

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 49.1x

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    #21. Carroll County, NH

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,470,998

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $48,980

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 50.4x

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    #20. Sarasota County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,118,448

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $41,962

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 50.5x

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    #19. Dallam County, TX

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,569,241

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $50,815

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 50.6x

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    #18. Union County, SD

    Average income of the top 1%: $4,835,625

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $92,752

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 52.1x

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    #17. Suffolk County, MA

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,796,952

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $52,149

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 53.6x

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    #16. Franklin County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $1,456,120

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $26,956

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 54x

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    #15. Charlottesville County, VA

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,909,022

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $53,028

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 54.9x

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    #14. Miami-Dade County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,165,905

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $38,875

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 55.7x

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    #13. Westchester County, NY

    Average income of the top 1%: $5,105,521

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $89,408

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 57.1x

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    #12. Fairfield County, CT

    Average income of the top 1%: $6,290,951

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $101,213

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 62.2x

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    #11. Martin County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $3,328,484

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $49,786

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 66.9x

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    #10. Indian River County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,921,375

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $43,473

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 67.2x

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    #9. Walton County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $2,957,140

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $43,174

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 68.5x

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    #8. San Miguel County, CO

    Average income of the top 1%: $4,515,363

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $65,281

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 69.2x

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    #7. Pitkin County, CO

    Average income of the top 1%: $6,620,969

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $91,714

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 72.2x

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    #6. Palm Beach County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $3,711,619

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $47,665

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 77.9x

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    #5. Monroe County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $4,741,192

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $58,295

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 81.3x

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    #4. Collier County, FL

    Average income of the top 1%: $5,590,120

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $62,053

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 90.1x

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    #3. La Salle County, TX

    Average income of the top 1%: $4,309,034

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $46,763

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 92.1x

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    #2. New York County, NY

    Average income of the top 1%: $8,983,154

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $79,528

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 113x

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    #1. Teton County, WY

    Average income of the top 1%: $22,508,018

    Average income of the bottom 99%: $158,290

    Top-to-bottom multiple: 142.2x

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