Income Inequality and Poverty Dashboard

The congressional districts with the highest income inequality tend to be located in urban areas and in the South. Many of those districts also have the highest percentages of households on food stamps and below the poverty level.

Published May 12, 2014

Income Inequality
Poverty Level
Food Stamps
Party Control

1 — Inequality is calculated based on the Gini Index, which measures inequality on a scale of 0 to 1. A score of 1 indicates that one person has all the wealth and a score of 0 indicates that wealth is distributed evenly.

2 — Vacant districts are shaded based on the party of the member that previously held the seat.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. House of Representatives

RESEARCH: WEI LU / BLOOMBERG RANKINGS

GRAPHIC: ALEX TRIBOU & CHLOE WHITEAKER / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA