Interactive: The Unequal States of America

The Unequal States of America

Income inequality in

Income trends have varied from state to state, and within states. But a pattern is apparent: the growth of top 1% incomes. Explore inequality in this interactive feature.
Select a state or region:

 

Average annual income of the top 1% What you need to make to be in the top 1%:  

 

Average income of everyone else (the bottom 99%)

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The top 1% makes times more than the bottom 99%

The top 1% takes home % of all the income in .

1% of the families
% of the income
  United States
 
 

Inside

Metropolitan areas

  • is the most unequal metro area in .
  • The top 1% there makes times more than the bottom 99%.
  • Average income of the top 1% in is .
  • The average income of the bottom 99% is .

Counties

  • is the most unequal county in .
  • The top 1% there makes times more than the bottom 99%.
  • Average income of the top 1% in is .
  • The average income of the bottom 99% is .

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How does compare with the rest of the country?

ranks # of the 50 states in income inequality, based on the ratio of top 1% to bottom 99% income.

Inequality at the national level

  • Minimum annual income to be in the top 1%: $389,436
  • Average annual income of the top 1%: $1,153,293
  • Average annual income of the bottom 99%: $45,567
  • Ratio of top 1% to bottom 99%: 25.3x

Adapted from Estelle Sommeiller, Mark Price, and Ellis Wazeter, Income inequality in the U.S. by state, metropolitan area, and county, an Economic Policy Institute report published in June 2016. Data are for tax units (single adults or married couples), referred to in the report as families, and for 2013, unless otherwise indicated.