The 39 Most Unequal Countries In The World

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The most unequal countries in the world include third world nations, emerging markets and one global superpower.America is the #39 most unequal country in the world, based on the CIA-recognised Gini index.

The U.S. has more income inequality than Russia (#51) and China (#52). It ranks far worse than Portugal (#71), which is the worst in Western Europe.

The Gini index is calculated based on the range of cumulative family incomes, where 0 stands for perfect equality and 100 stands for perfect inequality.

#39 United States of America, GINI 45.0

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2007)

#38 Bulgaria, GINI 45.3

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2007)

#37 Jamaica, GINI 45.5

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2004)

#36 Mozambique, GINI 45.6

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2008)

#35 Philippines, GINI 45.8

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2006)

#34 Argentina, GINI 45.8

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#33 Malaysia, GINI 46.2

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#32 Rwanda, GINI 46.8

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2000)

#31 Ecuador, GINI 46.9

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (June 2010)

#30 El Salvador, GINI 46.9

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2007)

#29 Nepal, GINI 47.2

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2008)

#28 Madagascar, GINI 47.5

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2001)

#27 Singapore, GINI 47.8

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2001)

#26 Peru, GINI 48.0

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#25 Dominican Republic, GINI 2007

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2007)

#24 Zimbabwe, GINI 50.1

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2006)

#23 The Gambia, GINI 50.2

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (1998)

#22 Costa Rica, GINI 50.3

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#21 Swaziland, GINI 50.4

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2001)

#20 Zambia, GINI 50.8

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2004)

#19 Papua New Guinea, GINI 50.9

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (1996)

#18 Panama, GINI 51.0

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2010 est.)

#17 Mexico, GINI 51.7

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2008)

#16 Chile, GINI 52.1

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#15 Paraguay, GINI 53.2

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#14 Hong Kong, GINI 53.3

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2007)

#13 Thailand, GINI 53.6

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#12 Brazil, GINI 53.9

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#11 Guatemala, GINI 55.1

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2007)

#10 Honduras, GINI 57.7

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2007)

#9 Bolivia, GINI 58.2

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#8 Colombia, GINI 58.5

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2009)

#7 Haiti, GINI 59.2

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2001)

#6 Central African Republic, GINI 61.3

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (1993)

#5 Sierra Leone, GINI 62.9

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (1989)

#4 Botswana, GINI 63.0

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (1993)

#3 Lesotho, GINI 63.2

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (1995)

#2 South Africa, GINI 65.0

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2005)

#1 Namibia, GINI 70.7

Gini coefficient measures inequality, with 0 expressing total equality and 100 maximal inequality.

Source: CIA (2003)

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