In fact, both presidential candidates have released long-form commercials recently laying out their economic arguments.
Perhaps this is because the real economic recovery isn’t quite hitting home yet. A recent Census Bureau report took a dive into the household incomes across the U.S. in 2011. The major findings showed a decline of 1.3 percent in median household income, as well as an increase in a measure of income inequality in 20 states.
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The Gini Index is a measurement used to demonstrate income inequality in a specific geographic area, such as a state. The index ranges from 0 to 1. The closer the 1 the Gini Index is, the more disproportionate the wealth distribution. In fact, a score of 1 on the index indicates that one household has all the wealth of a specific area.
Overall, the U.S. had a Gini Index of 0.475 in 2011, a major jump from its 2010 stat of 0.469. That stems from 20 states seeing a statistically significant rise in their own index number, and absolutely no states seeing a decline in the index.
Some states saw major jumps in their Gini numbers, with West Virginia, Maine and New Mexico seeing the largest increases from 2010.
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Here are the 10 states that now have the highest Gini Index, and thus have the biggest income inequality among residents.
8. (TIE) Massachusetts | 0.477
8. (TIE) Texas | 0.477
8. (TIE) Georgia | 0.477
6. (TIE) Florida | 0.481
6. (TIE) California | 0.481
5. New Mexico | 0.482
4. Louisiana | 0.484
3. Connecticut | 0.486
2. New York | 0.503
1. District of Columbia | 0.534
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