Humboldt County tops for income inequality in California
[From the Sac Bee]:
The Census Bureau used data from the American Community Survey to calculate income disparities for every one of the nation’s counties, using a “Gini index” of zero (perfect equality, in which all households have precisely the same incomes) to one (perfect inequality, in which just one household has any income).
The index does not measure income itself, but rather its distribution within the population. Thus a very high income county or a very poor one could both have low levels of inequality if most of their populations were in similar economic circumstances, or equally high levels if they have broad spectra of incomes.
Overall, the nation’s inequality index stands at .467, and since 1967, it has risen by 18 percent, although “more recently, the growth in income inequality has tapered off,” the Census Bureau says.
The indices of California’s 58 counties are all over the map, with very low levels of inequality in a few mountain counties, but relatively high ones in Los Angeles (.489), the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara County, Humboldt County and Imperial County, which is by far the state’s poorest in terms of income. The rest of the state falls into the middle quintiles of inequality.