The Inequality Of The United States

2017 Words Nov 24th, 2014 9 Pages
The study of inequality in America is vital to understanding the complicated political and social issues in America. Barrington, Illinois, my home town, is the picture of upper-middle class suburbia. It is a town with very little inequality, and very little diversity, but one which reveals some basic truths about inequality in America. One must first look at a snapshot of what Barrington socioeconomic structure is, then evaluate this structure through the theories of inequality. After these, and a quick evaluation of preconceived notions on Barrington’s inequality versus the real data, and a comparison of Barrington’s data to that of the United States as a whole, some conclusions can be drawn. These data reveal a strong correlation between Barrington’s lack of economic inequality, and lack of demographic and social diversity.
Barrington, Illinois is what many would consider to be a very economically homogeneous city, a vital characteristic in examining its inequality (or lack thereof). It is one of the generally more wealthy cities in the State of Illinois, with a median household income of $106,127, and a relatively low poverty rate at only nine point two percent (U.S. Census Bureau 2014b). With over 25 percent of families in this town making over $200,000 per year, only four percent making less than $25,000 per year, and a striking 84.6 percent of families making at least $50,000 per year it is fair to say that there is far less inequality here than in many cities (U.S.…
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