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24/7 Wall St.: States with the Widest Gap Between the Rich and Poor

1. New York

Gini coefficient: 0.5033
Median household income: $55,246 (16th highest)
Households earning $200,000+: 8.0% (6th highest)
Population living below poverty line: 16.0% (21st highest)

New York, which had the highest income inequality in 2010, had an even higher inequality in 2011. The 16% of the population living below the poverty line in 2011 increased from 14.9% in 2010 to 16% in 2011. The median income declined by $466 between 2010 and 2011. Meanwhile, the percentage of households raking in at least $200,000 was 8.0% in 2011, virtually unchanged from 2010 and well above the national rate of 5.6%. According to a recent study conducted by Martin Prosperity Institute, income inequality in the New York City metro area is roughly equivalent to that of Swaziland, a poor sub-Saharan country that has the lowest life expectancy in the world.


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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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