PhotoA recent analysis from career website Zippia suggests income inequality increased in all 50 states between 2010 and 2016, despite some people’s efforts to stop it.

The report, which drew its findings from the U.S. Census’s American Community Survey, found that income inequality is worsening at a faster rate in Montana than in any other state.

Between 2010 and 2016, the state’s Gini coefficient (a statistical measure of income inequality) jumped 2.2 points. The next-largest increase in income inequality over the same timeframe took place in California (up 1.9 points), followed by Rhode Island, and Maine (up 1.8 points each).

States with the highest income inequality

Although the rate of income inequality is growing fastest in Montana, income inequality isn’t currently as prevalent there as it is in other states.

New York claimed the dubious distinction of having the highest level of income inequality, followed by Connecticut and Louisiana. Alaska had the lowest levels of inequality between high and low earners.

Wyoming and South Dakota had the smallest changes in income inequality between 2010 and 2016, according to the report.

Here are the top ten states where income inequality is highest:

  1. New York

  2. Connecticut

  3. Louisiana

  4. California

  5. Florida

  6. Massachusetts

  7. Georgia

  8. Texas

  9. Mississippi

  10. Illinois

The complete ranking can be viewed here.


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