Atlanta is a city of high highs and low lows when it comes to income; it tops the list for income inequality in U.S. cities. A MARTA ride from north to south illustrates the stark divide, with a median household income of $104,518 at Buckhead Station and of $19,447 at West End Station.
For context, the median household income in Atlanta from 2011-2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, was $47,527.
The above map from the Atlanta Regional Commission shows where metro Atlanta’s richest and poorest neighborhoods cluster. The color orange shows the top 20 percent of neighborhoods with the highest median household income, ranging from $81,250 to $178,438. Blue indicates the bottom 20 percent of neighborhoods with the lowest median incomes, from $10,000 to $37,632.
According to the map, the region’s wealthiest communities congregate north of Atlanta, with distinct exceptions in Fayette, Douglas and Coweta counties. The region’s least wealthy communities flood south Atlanta with blue and notably dot the city’s suburbs, where the vast majority of the region’s poor live.
This story is part of a partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission.
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