• Gini coefficients published by the United States Census Bureau indicate Utah has the third most equally distributed incomes in the U.S.
• The Ogden-Clearfield, UT (Weber, Morgan, Box Elder and Davis counties) metropolitan statistical area (MSA) shows the most equally-distributed incomes of any U.S. metro area.
• The Provo-Orem, UT (Utah and Juab counties) MSA also ranked in the top 10 with the most equally distributed incomes.
• Recent studies suggest income equality in developed countries is correlated with strong, consistent growth in gross domestic product.
• In the short-term, job growth shows no significant correlation with income distribution on a state or county basis.
• In most states and counties, income distribution appears to have become more unequal in recent years.
• Counties with significant mining employment tend to show more income-distribution equality.
Who gets the money? Measures of income equality attempt to quantify how income is dispersed throughout the population. In the U.S., those measures indicate that income inequality has been rising for several decades. In other words, a smaller and smaller percentage of the population is getting a larger and larger share of total income. Value judgments aside, how does income inequality affect the economy?