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Out of the Bottle: Inequality in the South

Out of the Bottle: Inequality in the South

The South is home to 14 of the top 20 most unequal counties in the U.S, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Gini Index, which measures the distribution of pre-tax income, was commonly used to compare income inequality between nations (as seen here, and here). More recently, it has been use to compare U.S. counties and metro areas. The Gini coefficient runs from 0 to 1 (for the Gini Index, you simply multiply by 100). A value of “1” indicates perfect inequality, in which only one household has all the income. A value of “0” indicates perfect equality, where all households have equal income.

Stunningly, each of the top 20 Southern counties with the most inequality all share a Gini score higher than Bolivia

To see the full list of the top 20 most unequal Southern counties, look at the chart below the map. For context, we also added the 2010 Census Population, metro classification, and overall poverty rate.*

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 *USDA. Economic Research Service. http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products.aspx#.UaZknZx0na4