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Income Distribution
                             (In Percentages)
60


                                                                      50
45
                                                                 43


30

                                                       25
                                                            23

15                                 17
                                           15
                  11
                         9
      4     3
 0
     Bottom 5th   2nd 5th             3rd 5th          4th 5th   Top 5th


                               1970             2005
% Difference from 1970 to 2005
 10



6.75                                                  7.1




 3.5



0.25
          -0.7          -2.2      -2.8      -1.5



  -3
       Bottom 5th     2nd 5th   3rd 5th   4th 5th   Top 5th
50
                                                  48.5



37.5



 25
                                   20                             20
                       21.5


12.5


       0.5                                                                 4
  0
             Top .5%                    Top 20%                   Bottom 20%

                          People                    % of Income
100


                                                                    85
 75


                                         60
 50


                   35
 25                                                  20


                            5
      1
  0
          Top 1%                Top 5%                    Top 20%

                   People         % of Available Wealth
% of US Wealth Holders   % of Wealth Controlled


      Top 1%
                             33.4 %


Bottom 50 %                      2.5%
Source:

Eitzen, Stanley D., Maxine Baca Zinn, Kelly Eitzen Smith. 2009. Social
     Problems. 11th Edition. Pearson Publishing: New York, NY.

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Inequality

  • 1. Income Distribution (In Percentages) 60 50 45 43 30 25 23 15 17 15 11 9 4 3 0 Bottom 5th 2nd 5th 3rd 5th 4th 5th Top 5th 1970 2005
  • 2. % Difference from 1970 to 2005 10 6.75 7.1 3.5 0.25 -0.7 -2.2 -2.8 -1.5 -3 Bottom 5th 2nd 5th 3rd 5th 4th 5th Top 5th
  • 3. 50 48.5 37.5 25 20 20 21.5 12.5 0.5 4 0 Top .5% Top 20% Bottom 20% People % of Income
  • 4. 100 85 75 60 50 35 25 20 5 1 0 Top 1% Top 5% Top 20% People % of Available Wealth
  • 5. % of US Wealth Holders % of Wealth Controlled Top 1% 33.4 % Bottom 50 % 2.5%
  • 6. Source: Eitzen, Stanley D., Maxine Baca Zinn, Kelly Eitzen Smith. 2009. Social Problems. 11th Edition. Pearson Publishing: New York, NY.