Income inequality in America

Measurement by metropolitan area of the percentage of households living below the poverty level; the percentage of income held by the top 20 percent of earners; and the number of low-income households in the region for every high-income household. All raw data came from the five-year version of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey, which was released in December 2013. Compiled by Puget Sound Business Journal reporter Emily Parkhurst.

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Akron, Ohio
Percent living below poverty level: 15.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 16.12
Albany, N.Y.
Percent living below poverty level: 11.4%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 46.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 10.89
Albuquerque
Percent living below poverty level: 18.7%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 16.86
Allentown-Bethlehem, Pa.
Percent living below poverty level: 11.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.54
Atlanta
Percent living below poverty level: 16.0%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 8.91
Augusta, Ga.
Percent living below poverty level: 19.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 21.54
Austin
Percent living below poverty level: 15.4%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.9%
Low-income households per high-income household: 7.39
Bakersfield, Calif.
Percent living below poverty level: 23.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.0%
Low-income households per high-income household: 19.42
Baltimore
Percent living below poverty level: 11.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.2%
Low-income households per high-income household: 5.06
Baton Rouge, La.
Percent living below poverty level: 17.4%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.0%
Low-income households per high-income household: 14.90
Birmingham
Percent living below poverty level: 16.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.8%
Low-income households per high-income household: 16.12
Boise, Idaho
Percent living below poverty level: 16.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.8%
Low-income households per high-income household: 21.51
Boston
Percent living below poverty level: 10.5%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.6%
Low-income households per high-income household: 3.91
Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla.
Percent living below poverty level: 13.5%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.8%
Low-income households per high-income household: 13.96
Bridgeport-Stamford, Conn.
Percent living below poverty level: 9.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 57.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 2.02
Buffalo
Percent living below poverty level: 14.4%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 18.87
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.
Percent living below poverty level: 16.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 51.0%
Low-income households per high-income household: 14.85
Charleston, S.C.
Percent living below poverty level: 16.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 13.85
Charlotte
Percent living below poverty level: 15.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 51.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 9.86
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Percent living below poverty level: 16.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 20.79
Chicago
Percent living below poverty level: 14.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 7.06
Cincinnati
Percent living below poverty level: 14.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.2%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.99
Cleveland
Percent living below poverty level: 15.5%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 15.12
Colorado Springs
Percent living below poverty level: 12.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.7%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.49
Columbia, S.C.
Percent living below poverty level: 16.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.6%
Low-income households per high-income household: 18.79
Columbus
Percent living below poverty level: 15.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.18
Dallas-Fort Worth
Percent living below poverty level: 15.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.9%
Low-income households per high-income household: 8.12
Dayton, Ohio
Percent living below poverty level: 16.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.7%
Low-income households per high-income household: 21.92
Denver
Percent living below poverty level: 12.7%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.2%
Low-income households per high-income household: 6.86
Des Moines, Iowa
Percent living below poverty level: 11.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 46.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.43
Detroit
Percent living below poverty level: 17.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.9%
Low-income households per high-income household: 13.37
Durham, N.C.
Percent living below poverty level: 18.4%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 52.2%
Low-income households per high-income household: 9.87
El Paso, Texas
Percent living below poverty level: 24.0%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.6%
Low-income households per high-income household: 27.65
Fresno, Calif.
Percent living below poverty level: 26.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.2%
Low-income households per high-income household: 18.98
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Percent living below poverty level: 15.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.7%
Low-income households per high-income household: 17.68
Greensboro, N.C.
Percent living below poverty level: 18.0%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.7%
Low-income households per high-income household: 23.95
Greenville, S.C.
Percent living below poverty level: 16.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.7%
Low-income households per high-income household: 18.71
Harrisburg, Pa.
Percent living below poverty level: 11.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 46.8%
Low-income households per high-income household: 12.70
Hartford
Percent living below poverty level: 10.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.7%
Low-income households per high-income household: 5.56
Honolulu
Percent living below poverty level: 9.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 45.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 5.76
Houston
Percent living below poverty level: 16.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 51.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 7.12
Indianapolis
Percent living below poverty level: 14.4%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 12.63
Jackson, Miss.
Percent living below poverty level: 19.6%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 51.0%
Low-income households per high-income household: 15.41
Jacksonville
Percent living below poverty level: 15.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 13.59
Kansas City
Percent living below poverty level: 12.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.64
Knoxville, Tenn.
Percent living below poverty level: 15.0%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.0%
Low-income households per high-income household: 18.94
Lakeland, Fla.
Percent living below poverty level: 18.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 33.49
Lancaster, Pa.
Percent living below poverty level: 11.0%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 45.6%
Low-income households per high-income household: 16.24
Las Vegas
Percent living below poverty level: 16.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.8%
Low-income households per high-income household: 14.68
Little Rock, Ark.
Percent living below poverty level: 14.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 19.75
Los Angeles
Percent living below poverty level: 17.0%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 52.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 6.22
Louisville
Percent living below poverty level: 15.6%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 15.83
Madison, Wis.
Percent living below poverty level: 12.4%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.2%
Low-income households per high-income household: 10.07
McAllen-Edinburg, Texas
Percent living below poverty level: 35.4%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 52.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 35.56
Memphis
Percent living below poverty level: 19.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.7%
Low-income households per high-income household: 16.24
Miami-Fort Lauderdale
Percent living below poverty level: 17.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 53.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.45
Milwaukee
Percent living below poverty level: 15.5%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 12.12
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Percent living below poverty level: 10.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.9%
Low-income households per high-income household: 6.45
Modesto, Calif.
Percent living below poverty level: 21.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 20.93
Nashville
Percent living below poverty level: 14.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.58
New Haven, Conn.
Percent living below poverty level: 12.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 7.37
New Orleans
Percent living below poverty level: 18.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 51.8%
Low-income households per high-income household: 13.50
New York City
Percent living below poverty level: 14.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 53.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 4.41
Ogden, Utah
Percent living below poverty level: 10.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 44.6%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.47
Oklahoma City
Percent living below poverty level: 16.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.0%
Low-income households per high-income household: 15.66
Omaha
Percent living below poverty level: 12.6%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.6%
Low-income households per high-income household: 12.28
Orlando
Percent living below poverty level: 15.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.9%
Low-income households per high-income household: 16.44
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Percent living below poverty level: 11.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.8%
Low-income households per high-income household: 3.82
Palm Bay-Melbourne, Fla.
Percent living below poverty level: 13.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 19.06
Philadelphia
Percent living below poverty level: 13.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 6.62
Phoenix
Percent living below poverty level: 16.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 12.75
Pittsburgh
Percent living below poverty level: 12.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.0%
Low-income households per high-income household: 13.96
Portland, Maine
Percent living below poverty level: 11.0%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.34
Portland, Ore.
Percent living below poverty level: 14.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 10.65
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Percent living below poverty level: 10.6%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 46.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 5.75
Providence
Percent living below poverty level: 13.6%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.18
Provo, Utah
Percent living below poverty level: 14.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 46.0%
Low-income households per high-income household: 13.60
Raleigh
Percent living below poverty level: 12.6%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.8%
Low-income households per high-income household: 7.71
Richmond
Percent living below poverty level: 11.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 9.68
Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.
Percent living below poverty level: 18.0%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 13.76
Rochester, N.Y.
Percent living below poverty level: 14.5%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.9%
Low-income households per high-income household: 15.73
Sacramento
Percent living below poverty level: 16.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 9.51
Salt Lake City
Percent living below poverty level: 13.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 10.04
San Antonio
Percent living below poverty level: 16.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 13.80
San Diego
Percent living below poverty level: 14.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 6.70
San Francisco-Oakland
Percent living below poverty level: 11.5%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 51.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 2.83
San Jose
Percent living below poverty level: 10.6%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.2%
Low-income households per high-income household: 1.97
Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Percent living below poverty level: 15.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.6%
Low-income households per high-income household: 23.69
Seattle
Percent living below poverty level: 11.8%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.2%
Low-income households per high-income household: 5.89
Springfield, Mass.
Percent living below poverty level: 16.2%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.4%
Low-income households per high-income household: 14.72
St. Louis
Percent living below poverty level: 13.7%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.82
Stockton, Calif.
Percent living below poverty level: 18.6%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.9%
Low-income households per high-income household: 15.11
Syracuse, N.Y.
Percent living below poverty level: 15.0%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 48.0%
Low-income households per high-income household: 15.50
Tampa-St. Petersburg
Percent living below poverty level: 16.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.8%
Low-income households per high-income household: 16.58
Toledo, Ohio
Percent living below poverty level: 19.1%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 22.95
Tucson
Percent living below poverty level: 19.5%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 50.2%
Low-income households per high-income household: 18.52
Tulsa
Percent living below poverty level: 15.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 49.9%
Low-income households per high-income household: 16.99
Virginia Beach-Norfolk
Percent living below poverty level: 11.9%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 46.6%
Low-income households per high-income household: 11.63
Washington
Percent living below poverty level: 8.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.5%
Low-income households per high-income household: 2.00
Wichita, Kans.
Percent living below poverty level: 14.7%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.1%
Low-income households per high-income household: 19.95
Worcester, Mass.
Percent living below poverty level: 11.3%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 7.36
Youngstown, Ohio
Percent living below poverty level: 16.7%
Share of aggregate income held by top 20%: 47.3%
Low-income households per high-income household: 43.57
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