By the numbers: San Diego's haves and have-nots

To judge income inequality, we used the Gini coefficient. That’s a number between 0 and 1 that measures how close a population’s income distribution is to perfect income equality — or where everyone essentially earns the same income. The bigger the number, the more unequal income distribution is. The Gini coefficient is generally considered the go-to measure of income inequality.

Use the map to find the Gini coefficient for your ZIP code. Lighter colors indicate lower income inequality. Dark yellow and orange have the highest Gini coefficient numbers. Gini numbers less than 0.35 are relatively low, more than 0.50 is relatively high.

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By the numbers: San Diego's haves and have-nots

by Leo Castaneda | August 13, 2014

Income inequality has captured the national conversation in an unprecedented way as the economy continues to recover from the Great Recession. For proof, just look at “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” a 700-page treatise and Amazon best-seller on income inequality by a little-known French economist.

Here, at inewsource, we believe that data aren’t just facts. They tell stories about who we are as a community. So, we wanted to know what part of San Diego County has the highest (and lowest) income inequality — or the neighborhood with the biggest gap between the haves and the have-nots.  To find that, we used the Census Reporter visualization tools and the 2012 American Community Survey data.

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