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Westchester County Ranked As Having High Inequality In New Report

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Westchester County has been ranked as having the 14th highest rate of inequality in America, and the second highest in New York State by the US Census Bureau

The bureau conducted a survey last year to find the country’s counties with the largest gaps between wealth and poverty using a mathematical procedure called the Gini coefficient. The Gini coefficient is a measure of statistical dispersion that uses an index based on a scale of 0 to 1, with 0 representing total equality and 1 representing total inequality.

Westchester’s coefficient was 0.5299. Manhattan, with a coefficient of 0.6012, made the number 2 spot nationwide. Only the two aforementioned New York counties made the top 20 list (The Huffington Post has an interactive map), but many came close. Other New York counties considered for the study were:

Kings County (0.5197)
Tompkins County (0.4962)
Bronx County (0.4956)
Chemung County (0.4763)
Broome County (0.472)
Onondaga County (0.4697)
Rockland County (0.4684)
Monroe County (0.4675)
Sullivan County (0.4672)
Albany County (0.4672)
Clinton County (0.4555)
Eerie County (0.4551)
Steuben County (0.4531)
St. Lawrence (0.4522)
Orange County (0.4479)
Cayuga County (0.4437)
Warren County (0.4411)
Chautauqua County (0.4397)
Suffolk County 0.4388)
Niagara County (0.4387)
Ulster County (0.4386)
Oneida County (0.4376)
Dutchess County (0.4324)
Ontario County (0.429)
Cattaraugus County (0.428)
Oswego County (0.4265)
Putnam County (0.4242)
Rensselaer County (0.4241)
Madison County (0.4208)
Jefferson County (0.419)
Saratoga County (0.4143)
Sussex County (0.4136)
Wayne County (0.3872)

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