Indicators

Income inequality: Gini (old)
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The Gini coefficient for household income. It ranges from 0 (perfect equality—e.g. all households have the same income) to 1 (perfect inequality—e.g. one household has all of the income). Data for 1980 through 2000 are based on surveys in those years but reflect income from the year prior, while data for 2012 represents a 2008-2012 average. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation

United States

Gini coefficient:

Is growth being broadly shared?

Why it matters

There is a growing consensus that inequality has a negative impact on growth. Recent research by prominent economists have found that inequality hinders economic growth, and that greater economic inclusion leads to more robust and sustained growth.

Grow an equitable economy: Policies to reduce income inequality

San José Raises the Floor for Silicon Valley Workers

In 2012, a San José State University undergraduate class project turned into a successful ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in the city to $10 an hour, pegged to inflation. Local labor unions, community organizations, and business partners supported the effort, and the campaign helped build support for a statewide $10 minimum wage that passed the next year. San José also has one of the highest living wages in the state, at $19.06, that adjusts annually based on increases in the cost of living in the city, and applies to all businesses that contract with the city. Learn more.