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Mapping the Stark Rich-Poor Divide in Major U.S. Cities

A new project from Esri lays bare the geographic split between wealthy and lower-income neighborhoods.
The rich-poor divide in Washington, D.C., appears to be split cleanly down the center of the city.
The rich-poor divide in Washington, D.C., appears to be split cleanly down the center of the city.Esri

Across the metropolises of the United States, the middle class is shrinking. In 9 out of every 10 cities, the share of adults living in middle-income households has fallen.

It’s an ongoing phenomenon that’s a key factor in dividing the nation between the rich and poor. When you zoom into some of the most populous cities with some of the highest income gaps, as mapping-software company Esri did in a new interactive project, “Wealth Divides,” the geography of where the poor and rich live, and how their neighborhoods are divided, is even more staggering.