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Facts about economic inequality in the US

The Active Times Logo By Kaitlin Miller of The Active Times | Slide 2 of 21: Economic inequality may be measured in a number of different ways, but according to Pew Research Center, no matter how it's measured, it is on the rise in the U.S. One of the ways this is demonstrated is by looking at income or wage inequality in America. According to the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality, wage inequality in the United States has increased significantly in the last three decades, with overall inequality levels approaching those prior to the Great Depression. From 1963 to 2016, the income of families near the top percentile increased roughly 90% while that of families in the lowest income range increased less than 10%, per the Urban Institute.

The wage gap is widening

Economic inequality may be measured in a number of different ways, but according to Pew Research Center, no matter how it's measured, it is on the rise in the U.S. One of the ways this is demonstrated is by looking at income or wage inequality in America. According to the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality, wage inequality in the United States has increased significantly in the last three decades, with overall inequality levels approaching those prior to the Great Depression. From 1963 to 2016, the income of families near the top percentile increased roughly 90% while that of families in the lowest income range increased less than 10%, per the Urban Institute.

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