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Census: Edmonds Is in the Middle of Income Inequality in Washington

Edmonds has the 25th worst income inequality among cities that have more than 20,000 people.

Edmonds, according to U.S. Census figures, has the 25th worst income inequality of cities in the state of Washington that have more than 20,000 people, according to a Seattle P-I report based on recently released Census numbers.

The richest 5 percent of the population in Edmonds get 18.5 percent of the pay while the poorest 20 percent took home 4.3 percent of the pay.

That puts the city in the middle-of-the-pack.

Meanwhile, Seattle has the seventh-most income inequality among the cities. The richest 5 percent received 22.5 percent of the pay, while the poorest 20 percent received 2.8 percent of the pay.

Neighboring Shoreline has the 10th worst income inequality. The richest 5 percent of the population in Shoreline get 20.5 percent of the pay while the poorest 20 percent took home 3.2 percent of the pay.

Nationally, the highest-earning 5 percent of the population rake in 22.1 percent of all income, according to the most recent results of the American Community Survey. The lowest-paid 20 percent of Americans take in about 3.3 percent of all earnings.

In Washington state, the richest 5 percent get a smaller slice – and the poorest a slighter larger slice – of the pie when compared to the national average. The Census shows Washington’s highest earning 5 percent were paid 20.1 percent of all income in the state, while the poorest 20 percent received 3.7 percent of all income

The P-I noted in its story that the smaller the community, the greater the margin of error.

For more information about the survey, including the research methods and a fact sheet, you can check out the full results at Census.gov.

Read more here for the full listings on the P-I Web site: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Income-inequality-Which-Washington-city-is-worst-4004464.php#ixzz2BzNNfxT1

Greg Burnside November 13, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Anybody ever get hired by a poor person?
Tony Dondero November 13, 2012 at 06:53 AM
I think the Census stats simply offer up data for discussion. I don't think the point here is that a family practitioner and neurosurgeon should receive the same pay. I would agree that the choices one makes plays a large part in the income you earn. Sometimes jobs that pay less are very valuable to society even though the economic reward is less—I'm not convinced that Donald Trump is 100 times more valuable than a great teacher. And while it's true that some people may be lazy or don't take advantage of the opportunities out there, it's also true that some people have more choices and are in a better position to take advantage of the opportunities. And some people have more obstacles in front of them, even though you have to try to overcome that. I think the data reflects some of both of those arguments. I also doubt the market is perfect. And by the way, in your example of the reporter vs. the newspaper owner, having worked 15 years in the newspaper industry, most newspaper owners became newspaper owners because of the family they were born into not necessarily because of talent and work ethic. The great part about the Internet and the tools created for it is that its really leveled the playing field in media and anyone with a wireless connection and laptop can be a publisher. If you can convince enough people to read your site and you can sell ads around your content you can make it as a business. You don't need a multi-million dollar press.
Priya Sinha November 13, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I'm a bit confused here. This report is simply reporting some facts. Why the hate? Why the defensiveness? This is simply about numbers?
Sue G November 14, 2012 at 03:45 AM
"Worst Income Inequality" is more than reporting some facts. . . The bias and intent is evident in the first sentence with the choice of words used. . . And for the record. . . that was not hate i expressed. . . i never hate .. . . . but there i'll definitely admit to exasperation with the whole liberal concept of socialism that is running rampant in our country right now..
Harry November 16, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Not Talking about income inequality just fair pay for work done. Do conservatives want everyone that does not have a college degree to work for 10.00 to 18.00 dollars an hour? The rich have definitly gotten richer and the middle class and working poor have lost ground I make 45,000.00 a year and I feel like I am under attack for making to much, and yes I am a labororer and after 40 hours I do need to have 2 days off to recuparate my back

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