Latin America: wealth inequality based on income concentration by country 2017

Brazil is one of the most unequal countries in terms of income in Latin America. In 2017, it was estimated that almost 58 percent of the income generated in Brazil was held by the richest 20 percent of its population. Among the Latin American countries with available data included in this graph, Colombia came in second, as the wealthiest 20 percent of the Colombian population held nearly 55 percent of the country's total income.

Percentage of income held by the richest 20% of the population in Latin America in 2017, by country

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Release date

October 2019


Central and South America, Mexico

Survey time period

2017 or latest year available

Supplementary notes

*Figures are from 2016

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Statistics on "Latin America and the Caribbean"

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