Economic Inequality

A new report on income inequality by state, metropolitan area, and county shows that inequality across the country is growing—with a disproportionate share of income growth going to the top 1 percent.
This new report shows that in 24 states the top 1 percent captured at least half of all income growth between 2009 and 2013. And in 15 states the top 1 percent captured ALL income growth.
Nationally, in 2013, families in the top 1 percent made 25 times as much as the bottom 99 percent.
What does inequality look like in your state?
Explore inequality by state, county, and metro area.
Since the 1970s, income inequality has risen in every state. But this trend can be reversed if we begin making different policy choices such as raising the minimum wage, strengthening collective bargaining, and providing paid sick leave.
EPI is an independent, nonprofit think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States. EPI’s research helps policymakers, opinion leaders, advocates, journalists, and the public understand the bread-and-butter issues affecting ordinary Americans.
Click here to view the full report.
Click here to view the state-by-state interactive feature.
Click here to view the state-by-state interactive feature and see how the average income of the bottom 99 percent in your state compares with the average top 1 percent income. These data are also broken down by county and metropolitan area.
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