Income inequality is a worsening issue in the United States in recent decades. As several experts have pointed out, including Professor Robert J. Gordon, author of “The Rise and Fall of American Growth,” income inequality has substantially increased since the mid-1970s. Over the course of the 2000s, the level of inequality accelerated, and recently the Economic Policy Institute conducted a study on income inequality, based on 2015 Census data. With the release of the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest demographic data in October this year — the 2017 American Community Survey — a fresh analysis of American income inequality has been conducted.
Cities analyzed included those with at least 50,000 people aged 16-years or older. Read on to find out which cities are gripped by the worst income inequality in the nation.
Cities Experiencing the Largest Growth in Income Inequality
Currently, according to the latest Census Bureau data, the U.S. overall has a Gini coefficient of 0.4815. So, any city that has a higher Gini coefficient than that is suffering from worse income inequality than the U.S. as a whole. The table below provides a full breakdown of the 101 cities, with their Gini coefficients for 2017, 2016 and 2015, as well as the percentage it changed by over the course of two years. Bolded cities and Gini numbers mean inequality is higher than the national average.
Click on states to see an interactive map of their income inequality by county.