In the United States, even even the inequality is unequal.
Yes, the level of income inequality among American households rose 18 percent between 1967 and 2010, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. But that growth has had a larger effect in certain areas, the report finds. Counties in the South, for example, have seen see especially high rates of disparity among income earners, while wages in the Midwest are more equitable.
It's often whether a county has a city inside it that make the difference, as cities often host both the very rich and very poor. To take an obvious example, New York county, which includes Manhattan, is the county with the third highest level of income inequality.
The larger effects of income inequality remain a matter of debate. Occupy Wall Street thrust the issue into the limelight last autumn, but that hasn't been enough to change the minds of those who argue U.S. income inequality has been overstated. Indeed, a recent report based on data from the Labor Department argued income inequality "is no greater today than in it was in the 1980s." What do you think?
See below to find out if you live in one of the top ten counties with the worst income inequality, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: