When it comes to average household income inequality in the U.S., the worst disparity lies in Atlanta, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey from 2018, which surveyed 87 cities. As cited by Bloomberg in a November 21 report, the lowest 20 percent in Atlanta earned an average of $9,400, while the highest 20 percent brought home more than $256,000.
Miami, New Orleans and New York City also had the stark household incomes among the bottom and top earners. In Miami, the lower 20 percent earned $8,100, whereas the top 20 percent made at least $170,100. New Orleans had the lowest 20 percent at $6,300; their highest 20 percent was also on the lower end with $149,600. In New York, the bottom 20 percent earned $10,400, while the highest 20 percent made more than $222,000.