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The Gini coefficient (WP) is a measure of inequality of variance. It is often applied to measure inequality of incomes in a particular area. 0 represents complete equality, i.e., every person has the same income, and 1 represents complete inequality, i.e., where one person has all the income and others have none. The information was tabulated in 2009 from data from the US census. Alaska shows the flattest income distribution while the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and New York State have the largest income disparities between wage earners in all income categories.

By way of reference, the US is ranked 98th out of 135 countries for which data is available in even the CIA's accounting of the Gini coefficient[1]

However, this does not include the perspective of world average income, where it is seen that people in the US are quite rich and the income disparity is in comparison to the staggeringly rich (See the numbers at Egalitarianism). The average world income is, in one sense, US $ 10,741.50[2][3] This is under the 'poverty line' in the USA. The average US income is US $ 47,482.46[4] [5]


[edit] List of U.S. states by Gini coefficient of income inequality

2009
Rank
State Gini
Coefficient
1 Alaska 0.402
2 Utah 0.414
3 Wyoming 0.415
4 Idaho 0.421
5 Hawaii 0.425
6 Vermont 0.428
7 New Hampshire 0.431
8 Iowa 0.431
9 Montana 0.431
10 Wisconsin 0.432
11 Maine 0.432
12 Nevada 0.433
13 Indiana 0.434
14 Delaware 0.434
15 Minnesota 0.439
16 Washington 0.439
17 Nebraska 0.440
18 Oregon 0.443
19 Kansas 0.444
20 Maryland 0.448
21 North Dakota 0.450
22 Missouri 0.450
23 Arizona 0.451
24 South Dakota 0.452
25 Colorado 0.453
26 Michigan 0.453
27 Ohio 0.453
28 New Mexico 0.453
29 Virginia 0.456
30 Rhode Island 0.457
31 Pennsylvania 0.460
32 Oklahoma 0.460
33 Arkansas 0.461
34 South Carolina 0.462
35 West Virginia 0.463
36 North Carolina 0.464
37 Kentucky 0.464
38 New Jersey 0.465
39 Tennessee 0.467
40 California 0.467
41 Massachusetts 0.468
42 Illinois 0.469
43 Georgia 0.469
44 Florida 0.469
45 Mississippi 0.470
46 Alabama 0.471
47 Louisiana 0.473
48 Texas 0.474
49 Connecticut 0.480
50 New York 0.502
District of Columbia 0.532
Puerto Rico 0.532

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