From the Star Ledger:
New Jersey is becoming a more unequal place to live.
Over the past five years, the gap between the rich and the poor has widened, according to new U.S. Census data. The state now ranks in the top ten in the nation for income inequality.
Edmond Berisha, an assistant professor of economics at Montclair State University, said this was because middle class families weren’t making enough to keep up with inflation, while the richest 10 percent were actually bringing in more money than a decade ago.
About half of all income in the state was going to that richest 10 percent, he said, and an improving stock market only widened that divide.
While Essex ranks as the most unequal county in New Jersey, there are high concentrations of wealth across the state.
In the map below, the darker areas are the more economically segregated. Click on an area to see whether it has become more or less equal over the past decade.