Connecticut Leads the Nation in Multiple Measures of Income Inequality: 2006

Back • Publication Date: November 1st, 2007

Authors: Douglas Hall, Ph.D., Joachim Hero, M.P.H., and Taby Ali

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According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Connecticut and New York lead the nation in household income inequality, followed by Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi. This fact sheet categorizes states by their degree of income inequality, based on a well-accepted index known as the Gini Coefficient.

Using this measure, in 2006 Connecticut had the second most unequal income distribution in the nation and the greatest growth in income inequality in the country over the past few decades. Out of 250 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) throughout the nation, Connecticut MSAs occupied four out of the top five spots for increased income inequality. Stamford-Norwalk, Bridgeport, Waterbury, and Danbury ranked 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, respectively for the highest growth of income inequality.