Here's Where The Gap Is Widest Between Rich, Poor

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the growing gap between rich and poor Americans. A new government report sheds light on where the gap is the widest.

In general the South is home to the biggest concentration of counties with high levels of household income inequality, according to a Census Bureau report released Thursday.

Sparsely populated East Carroll Parish, La., topped the list with the highest level of income inequality of any county under a formula that considers whether wealth is concentrated in just a few hands or more evenly distributed. It was followed by another small Southern county: Edwards County, Texas.

But income inequality is hardly limited to small, rural counties.

No. 3 on the list was New York County, N.Y., also known as the borough of Manhattan, a place where rich and poor famously live nearly side by side in many neighborhoods.

Overall the nation's biggest metropolitan areas tended to have elevated levels of income inequality, according to the report.

If you want to live in a place where there is a narrower gap between rich and poor neighbors, you may want to head to the middle of the country. Counties in the Midwest had much lower levels of household income inequality, according to the report.

Overall, household income inequality has grown by 18 percent since 1967, although the trend has slowed more recently, the report said.

The report was based on government household income surveys conducted between 2006 and 2010 that asked about income of all people ages 15 and older living in each household.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
    I would have thought Miami, L.A., and San Diego would have been up there with New Orleans and New York City. Most of the inequality comes in your big cities (not including Raleigh or Charlotte in this).
  • by Democrat on Mar 11, 2012 at 08:08 PM
    "To each according to his need, from each according to his ability." Marx. We all should work as hard as we can toward the collective good. Not everyone feels able to work hard and we need to provide for their wants and needs too. Keeping all you earn is selfish and it is the responsibility of government to redistribute the wealth so everyone is treated fairly.
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      by Eyes Wide Open on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM in reply to Democrat
      I pray that you do not really believe that. Under socialism the quality of life will be downgraded dramatically for EVERYONE, and NO ONE will survive! When you remove the reward you also remove the incentive to work hard! Think about a society without doctors, airline pilots, plumbers, construction workers, etc... Shame has already been removed from the entitlement crowd in our society, and under Marxism the lazy will bring down the entire country because no one will work and everyone will suffer. Socialism has been tried many times before, and it has ALWAYS failed!!! Capitalism is the reason we live in such a wonderful and FREE country!!!
  • by Simple Math on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:31 PM
    If you earn $100,000 per year and I earn $60,000 per year then we will have an income gap of $40,000 between us. Now if we both receive a 3% cost of living pay raise then you will now be making $103,000/year and I will be making $61,800/year. Now the gap between our incomes has risen from $40,000 to $41,200. Now if you earn $1,000,000/year and I still earn $60,000/year and we both receive a 3% pay increase then our income gap will grow from $940,000 to $968,200. Does anyone else now see why the income gap increases?????? Does anyone know in which country it is the EASIEST to move up, or down, the scale of income levels???? That's right, the answer is America!!!! Envy is one of the seven deadly sins so do not buy into the Obama class warfare!!!
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      by Enough on Mar 11, 2012 at 06:13 AM in reply to Simple Math
      YOu are 100$ correct in that simply math explains the growing gap. But also put in the equation that the lower echelon of employees are not getting merit of cost of living increases while the upper echelon continues to get their bonuses. This compounds the "simple math".
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        by Simple Math on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:52 PM in reply to Enough
        That is all the more reason to work hard and earn you way into the upper income bracket. We live in the land of opportunity, if you want to make more money the only person who can stop you is, YOU!
  • by country boy Location: havelock on Mar 10, 2012 at 01:47 PM
    The gap is getting larger because, thanks to Obama, more and more people are completely at ease livng off the govenment for everything. I as one of five children born in poverty but guess what, my parents taught us all to work hard, get only what we could afford and good things would come. That includes having chidlren you cannot afford and depend of me to pay for them. There are so many who have illegimate chidlren just to collect more govenment benefits. I bet if they knew they would have to beg for food, clothes etc for the chilren they have, they would change their ways.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM in reply to country boy
      More welfare dependants = more votes for the democrats! I guess if someone would send me a check in the mail, I would vote for them too.
  • by Jessica on Mar 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM
    Simply put I don't trust the government now and I never will. Just like unemployment rates dropping it was a spin. They just moved long time unemployed ppl to the category of out of the work force. Bet that number quadrupled!
  • by and Romney? Location: enc on Mar 10, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    And Romeny goes south and brags about what "good government" they have! What does he call "good" or "effective"? The southern states have the highest poverty and lowest education. He thinks this is effective-good government? They have the largest gaps-oh, I see, that's what he likes-he WANTS gaps, it means he and his millionarie friends continue to get more and the rest of us less! Yeah, Jim Crow really did help the south, didn't it? Yet, the GOP wants to re-enact these bills with depriving the poor and elderly the right to vote! All of you who rent instead of owning your homes-get ready. The next group they will eliminate from the polls will be "non property owners". Several posters on here have already suggested it!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM in reply to and Romney?
      To quote Stephen J. Gould: "I can always hire half of the working class to kill the other half." It remains true to this day, so many working and middle class Republicans would rather spite the "liberals" than vote in their own self-interest. How many of the GOP base will ever pay capital gains tax? Very few, but for some reason they all thought it was a good idea to cut them. Too bad they take us rational people down with them.
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        by Marie on Mar 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM in reply to
        Just to refute what you say. I haven't had a raise since Obama has been in office. The last time I went this long without a raise is when Clinton was in office. So no I won't vote for Obama. Can;t afford 4 more years of no raises and throught the roof gas price. Obama's idea of an energy policy is for all of us to buy new cars. I'm lucky to put food on the table and can;t afford a car paymnet higher than my house payment
  • by To local Location: end on Mar 10, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    Again, someone who knows nothing about history or "cause and effect". The "equality" in the mid-west is directly a result of large family owned farms which were not reliant on slave labor! They never had a concentration of a group of people restrained under Jim Crow to prevent them from achievements. Their crops or wheat and corn are manageable with fewer hands and they have kept their large farms in the "family". They also were not over run with northern "victors" who raped the land, stole farms with high taxes. Areas directly impacted by this and immigrant workers in the large, industrial, northern cities are the same areas with the largest "owners" and "workers". Steel, textiles, and others were the areas that owners got filthy rich while their workers lived in poverty. It was relieved somewhat by unions, but the GOP wants to return to that!
  • by You"re right! Location: ENC on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:55 AM
    Repubs have ALWAYS been on the side of big business because they are THEM!
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      by Democrat Factfinder on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:05 PM in reply to You"re right!
      The Wall Street bailouts where passed with Democrat votes, including Obama's vote as a Senator! Democrats take better care of their elite friends than Republicans, just look at Solyndra and many other money laundering schemes! The information is avaliable to anyone who wants to find it, and Democrats are more guilty than Republicans, but they all have caused these problems.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:18 AM
    “We can have democracy in this country or we can have great concentrated wealth in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.” **** Justice Louis Brandeis “As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.” **** Abraham Lincoln
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      by That makes no sense on Mar 11, 2012 at 05:18 PM in reply to taxman
      Why would you quote a progressive liberal along with President Lincoln in an attempt to make a point? Do you know the difference between a "democracy" and a "Democratic Republic"? Today the progressive liberal elites are in full force attempting to strip Americans of their rights and freedoms in order to gain control of ALL the wealth (George Soros)! What the Democrat party is engaging in today is exactly what President Lincoln was warning about in that quote! President Lincoln also spoke about how government should do for the people ONLY what they cannot better do for themselves and NOTHING more! The progressives have been planning to take over the lives of the American people through government for over 100 years, and that is why so many of our common sense decisions are already being made for us by government. There are progressives in both parties and they must be stopped!
  • by Sal Location: NC on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:14 AM
    Simple. WORK more if you don't want to be poor. That is what the rich did. Don't expect it to be given to you. GEESH
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