Chart of the Day: US Cities According to Income Spread

Lately I’ve been thinking about how we compare Minneapolis to other cities around the Midwest, particularly when it comes to things like economic inequality. I wrote about it a week or two ago, and the common confusion between Minneapolis-the-metro and Minneapolis-the-city when thinking about social measures. So when I saw this chart on Twitter yesterday, it really caught my eye!

This shows the 95% income level for the top 50 US cities. As near as I can tell, this is measuring income on a strictly municipal level (i.e. not including the suburbs or Saint Paul):


As you can see, compared any city with a similar median income, Minneapolis really jumps off the chart in terms of its “confidence interval.” Does anyone have any thoughts on why the confidence range might be so wide for Minneapolis, in particular?

Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.