Economic disparity/US

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Economic disparity has become an issue of particular significance in the United States because of both its unusual severity since approximately 2005 and because of the fact that this continues despite continued economic growth in the US up to that time. (The US economy shrank a little in 2009, and the numbers are not yet available as to what effect this has had on economic disparity, though preliminary indications are that it has continued to worsen.)

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  • Wealth, shown to scale: interactive graphic showing the relative sizes of:
    • the US median household income of $63,179
    • $1 million
    • $1 billion
    • Jeff Bezos's wealth of $171 billion, along with some comparisons to more familiar quantities
    • The combined wealth of the 400 richest Americans ($3.5 trillion)

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  • 2012-11-20 [L..T] Wealth Inequality in America “Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.”

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