Income Inequality

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Mapping Three Decades of Rising Income Inequality, State by State

U.S. income inequality increased 15 percent between 1979 and 2012, but the story varies across different parts of the country.

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New York Doormen Assert Their Right to Live in the City Where They Work

Employees say that to afford a home in the city, they need a raise.

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The U.S. Cities With the Highest Levels of Income Segregation

Where the rich live with the rich, and the poor live with the poor.

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America's Most Unequal Metros

Overall, the most imbalanced U.S. metros tend to have worse housing affordability and slower job growth.

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The U.S. Has a Social Mobility Problem, But Not the One You Think

A child's chances of reaching the middle class aren't declining. But whether they get there depends a lot on where they live.

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Americans Are Terrible at Estimating Income Inequality

In some surprising ways.

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The Case for a Local Minimum Wage

Given the differences in housing and living costs across U.S. metros, a single national rate makes little sense.

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Why It's Harder to Move Up in America's Segregated Cities

The pernicious, lifelong effects of concentrated wealth and concentrated poverty.

Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks

Mapping the Relationship Between Income and Rent

"Rich blocks, poor blocks."

Where the Middle Class Spends 75 Percent of Its Income on Housing and Transport

A fresh look at the most expensive cities from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

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The Great Recession's Devastating Toll on Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

High-poverty areas lost a staggering 91 percent of their absolute wealth during the crisis.

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The Growing Urban Class Divide, Vancouver Edition

The segregation between the rich and poor is clearer than ever.

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5 Ways Hurricane Sandy Could Reshape New York's Economy

Using 9/11 as a guide to figure out the super-storm's impact.

Zara Matheson

The High Inequality of U.S. Metro Areas Compared to Countries

Some American cities have rates similar to the world's poorest nations.

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The Vast Disposable Income Disparity Between the Rich and Poor

After paying for essentials, the very poorest Americans are left with just a $1 a day.

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The Rise of Economic Segregation

Increasing income inequality is changing the patterns of where Americans live, according to a new report.

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The Stingy Cities That Kick In the Least To Social Security

We're looking at you, Manhattan.

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The Inequality Puzzle in U.S. Cities

Inequality in American cities turns on more than wages and skills: poverty and race are key indicators.

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Why America Keeps Getting More Conservative

The country's conservative drift is only deepening.