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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 l
The U.S. Census Bureau this week released a report looking at what counties have the highest level of household income inequality. The counties in the darkest blue have the highest disparity.
The U.S. Census Bureau this week released a report looking at what counties have the highest level of household income inequality. The counties in the darkest blue have the highest disparity.U.S. Census Bureau / Today

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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