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Counties with the worst income inequality

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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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Billy Hathorn // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Marshall Astor // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Adinda Uneputty // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Georgia Guercio // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Midnight Beliver // flickr

#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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Ser Amantio di Nicolao // Wikimedia Commons

#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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John Phelan // Wikimedia Commons

#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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qwesy qwesy // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Doug Kerr // Wikimedia Commons

#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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2candle // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Alan Botting // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Billy Hathorn // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Ron Reiring // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Billy Hathorn // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Renelibrary // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Royalbroil // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Ebyabe // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Billy Hathorn // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Ebyabe // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Moofpocket // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Steve Carrea // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Ebyabe // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Ebyabe // Wikimedia Commons

#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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John Fowler // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Ebyabe // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Renelibrary // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Mlewis2005 // Wikimedia Commons

#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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