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Here Are the Parts of the U.S. With the Most Income Inequality

American cities are becoming more unequal, according to a study released on Monday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

In two-thirds of the 357 metro areas the report studied, the ratio of mean income to median income increased over the recession-battered years from 2005 to 2012, suggesting income gains further skewed toward the wealthy. Albany, Ga.; Ithaca, N.Y.; and Dalton, Ga., were the U.S. metro areas where that ratio increased the most. Those data reflect a larger shift: The authors write that when adjusted for inflation, median household income nationwide fell 5.5 percent from 2005 to 2012, while mean household income fell only 3 percent, continuing a multi-decade trend of more money going to the richest households. The bottom 40 percent of households netted only 6.6 percent of income growth from 2005 to 2012, while the top 5 percent took in 27.6 percent.