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Which cities have the best income equality? Here's the top 10

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 15, 2014 4:06 p.m.

    Interesting way to measure a glass half full.

    How about a "study" showing class mobility from poor to rich (and rich to poor?
    What about the number of people on welfare, and how long they have been there (months, years, generations?)

    How about showing some other demographic factors, not that there is necessarily a correlation with causation, but that may indicate cultural values. Perhaps some people are just comfortable with waiting to be given some of the "rich guy's stuff" instead of working hard in school and striving for better jobs and longer hours.

    One factor has already been mentioned, and that is that most of the "inequal" cities seem to be run by "progressives." Translated, this is just proof that their policies do not work.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    March 15, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    "Looking down and westward at West Jordan, Utah from the Oquirrh Mountains."

    If you're looking down and westward from the Oquirrh Mountains, you're looking at somewhere near Tooele and not West Jordan.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    @tosmartforyou Your analysis is correct. The homogeneity of income in the two Utah towns comes as no surprise.

    A much bigger issue is global income and wealth inequality. The world's population is what, about 6.5 billion? Of that number there are 1600 to 1700 billionaires (1,000 X $1 million). This global system is a travesty based on any system or morality I know of.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    March 15, 2014 9:55 a.m.

    The "income gap" is an illusion. Incomes are a full spectrum with no holes, or "gaps," in it. The trend is that the entire spectrum is moving upwards. The poor today are a lot wealthier than the poor a generation ago. Those are the facts, and they are good!

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 15, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    Income equality is significant on a nationwide basis. As you may remember, Marie (Let them eat cake) Antoinette lost her head after starving peasants rose up and became a power in France. Similarly the Russian Revolution in 1917 established former serfs in positions of authority as it put big capitalists, landowners, and the entire royal family in early graves . . . all due to income disparity.

    Of course in progressive nations, where the poor are offered enough assistance to subsist, you won't have the likelihood of the peasants rising up in rage and literal hunger.

    On a city wide basis, income disparity doesn't mean that much.

    A city with low income disparity may be one that cold-bloodedly forces the poor to move to another city.

    A city with high income disparity may mean it offers low cost public housing for the poor.

    In other words, a large income disparity isn't necessarily a bad thing. It may mean that the wealthier people in that city are decent people and TRUE Christians.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    March 14, 2014 11:50 p.m.

    West Jordan doesn't have very many rich people and their housing stock isn't exactly grandiose on the top of the scale so the fact they are #1 isn't any surprise. The same is true for West Valley except they have more poor folks than West Jordan. If Kearns were a city I'm sure it would over-take West Jordan in the income equality category.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    March 14, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    One possible reason larger cities have greater income inequality may be because there is greater business opportunity for entrepreneurs while similarly greater charitable opportunity for those wanting or needing to live off the success of others. Also, larger, and therefore older, cities have areas in decay while simultaneously springing off newer or re-emergent sectors which attract higher incomes. It's not necessarily a bad thing because such diversified cities accommodate people in a wide spectrum of social development.
    What would be really interesting is a list of cities where matriculation from poor to middle-class to wealthy is greatest. I'd like to see that list.

  • Reader81 SLC, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:46 p.m.

    I think income equality is a misnomer. The real phrase should be income homogeneity. Perhaps one reason that some of these cities are listed is because people higher incomes choose not to live in that location, or those with lower incomes can't afford to.

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    Soviet Union was a world leader in income equality. Nobody had anything. What an idiotic way to measure success! Why not say - X% of the population have a car, Y% have a computer with Internet access, Z% can afford to eat balanced diet, etc to measure economic well-being?

  • Way of the Warrior Arlington, WA
    March 13, 2014 7:14 p.m.

    So, according to this study a city full of equally poor residents could be considered a "best" city for income equality?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 13, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    Of course we inequality! We're all different.

    The resources for success is equal.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    March 13, 2014 4:12 p.m.

    The income equality lovers are happier when the whole nation suffers rather than when half suffer and half get rich.