WASHINGTON — Atlanta has widest income gap between rich and poor of all the major U.S. cities, the U.S. Census reported on Wednesday. New Orleans ranked second, followed by the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C.
Areas with the highest income inequality “tend to be found in cities, with older housing on average, while the most income-segregated areas … tend to be found in the suburbs,” the census reported.
Rounding out the list of 10 big cities with the largest gaps between high and low income are Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville, all in Florida; Athens, Ga.; New York; Dallas; and Baton Rouge, La.
The major cities with the lowest income inequality were almost all in the West, and all had much smaller populations.
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