America’s third-world-esque income gap is wide and getting wider.But in some cities the disparity is especially bad, according to Census data. We picked out the 25 metro areas where the top quintile has the greatest share of the income.
Many of these cities are liberal college towns in poor rural areas. Others are retirement hotspots in again, poor rural areas. Four of the top 10 are in Texas, including George W. Bush’s Midland.
The top quintile gets 51.5% of the income.
The most liberal city in the state, dominated by students from the University of Montana. But long-time Missoulans are mostly poor: 80% of students at one elementary school live in poverty.
The top quintile gets 51.7% of the income.
TIEBREAKER: The top 5% gets 24.2% of the income.
Claims to be the cultural, recreational, and business capital of the Appalachian Mountains. Outside the city, however, one finds the poverty that plagues rural West Virginia.
The top quintile gets 51.8% of the income.
Home to Ithaca College and Ivy League university Cornell. Also a popular vacation spot near the Finger Lakes.
Just outside Ithaca, however, are levels of poverty and unemployment typical to upstate New York.
The top quintile gets 51.9% of the income.
Plenty of business people live in Trenton, often commuting to NYC or Philadelphia. But many neighborhoods are blighted and high in crime. The city's manufacturing base has declined since the 1960s.
The top quintile gets 52.2% of the income.
TIEBREAKER: The top 5% gets 25.1% of the income.
Jonesboro is college town and the region's most progressive city. But the city has a high poverty rate and North Jonesboro is known for high unemployment and blighted housing projects.
The top quintile gets 52.6% of the income.
TIEBREAKER: The top 5% gets 22.6% of the income.
Thanks to the University of Kansas, Lawrence is an unusually liberal city with many organic stores, bookstores and laws promoting gay rights.
The surrounding area is impoverished, like most of rural Kansas.
The top quintile gets 52.7% of the income.
Another rich college town, home of the University of Georgia. Athens was named one of Kiplinger's best cities in the country based on criteria like have 32% of the workforce in the creative class.
But the county is poor, with 1 in 4 kids living in poverty and a graduation rate 13% below state average, according to Partners For A Prosperous Athens.
The top quintile gets 52.9% of the income.
TIEBREAKER: The bottom quintile gets 2.7% of the income.
Home to Wall Street and over 50 billionaires, New York City is the wealth epicentre of America.
But the city of 19 million is also filled with poor people and immigrants, especially in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
The top quintile gets 53.5% of the income.
The 'on the border by the sea' city has a branch of the University of Texas and a booming market for port jobs.
The top quintile gets 54.6% of the income.
The childhood home and retirement home of George W. Bush. Oil is the biggest industry in Midland, creating wealth for the capitalists and low wages for the workers.
The top quintile gets 55.3% of the income.
The home of the Florida Gators is a great town for people with money. It was named one of the best places to live and play by National Geographic Adventure, also named America's healthiest city by the Wellness Council of America.
There's also a poor rural community, including Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones.
The top quintile gets 57% of the income.
Bridgeport is the biggest and one of the poorest cities in Connecticut, home to a declining port and manufacturing industry.
Parts of the city are nice, however, and the same metro area includes are upperclass hotspots like Greenwich. These areas are a favourite residence of hedge fund billionaires like Steve Cohen and Ray Dalio.
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