Data Source: ACS 2015 Estimates
Income inequality is the unequal distribution of household or individual income across individuals in an economy. The causes of inequality can vary significantly based on region, gender, education and social status. According to the map, there are many counties within states that have high income inequity with a higher percentage being in the Southern states of the U.S. These states include: Southeastern states (Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina), Southern states (Texas and Louisiana), and Southwestern states (New Mexico and Arizona).
Despite the higher percentages of income inequality being more prevalent in the South, income inequality affects all states with percentages increasing for Western and Eastern states such as California and Maine, and continues to be an ongoing issue as income inequality increases as the years progress.