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How Income Inequality in California Compares to Other States



According to formulas used by the U.S. Census Bureau, California's level of income inequality is fifth highest among all 50 states. (Shutterstock)
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The United States has some of the highest levels of income and wealth inequality in the world. In addition, based on the Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality based on the distribution of income across a population, income inequality varies considerably from state to state.

The Gini coefficient is a scale from 0 to 1 — 0 representing perfect equality and 1 representing the highest possible level of inequality. Nationwide, the Gini coefficient stands at 0.481.

The Gini coefficient in California is 0.487 — higher than the national average and fifth highest among all 50 states.

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