The Unequal State of America: A glance at class in the U.S. capital
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) - The U.S. capital is unusual in one sense: Median income here rose 17 percent in the past two decades, far better than the overall U.S. decline of 4 percent. Still, the gains were heavily skewed toward the top.
Washington's top fifth of households (up 32 percent) gained more than the next rung down (up 26 percent) - which gained more than the middle rung (up 20 percent), which gained more than the next rung (up 8 percent). Only the bottom fifth saw average income fall, by 8 percent.
As in most of the nation, the District's poverty rate has been rising: It's nearly 19 percent, up two points since 1989. That's higher than the national average of 16 percent and more than twice the rate of the surrounding suburbs.
(Reporting By Himanshu Ojha; Edited by Michael Williams)
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
- UPDATE 3-Tennis-Monte Carlo Masters men's singles quarterfinals results
- Sunken Korea ferry relatives give DNA swabs to help identify dead |
- Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse
- Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide |
- Pope Good Friday service underscores plight of the suffering