U.S. FY 2009 Annual Income Distribution by Percentiles
I like that title… its got percentiles, income distributions… isn’t it sexy? Well anyways here is the graph.
Oh my! That looks a bit skewed huh? I guess its just all the inequality in contemporary American society.
That’s a pretty sharp Lorentz curve too. If income were perfectly evenly distributed across the population that would be a 45 degree angled line. The further away the Lorentz curve is from straight, the less equal society is in terms of income inequality. If you’re interested in what income brackets account for each percentile I’ve just posted a little on that here. If you’d like to hear about U.S. income and taxation there is a nice post on the subject of who pays how much in taxes here.
I guess the growing wealth divide is not pretty in graphical form. Who’d have thought skewed proportions would be so ugly.
Also: For another interesting chart… check out this blog post on changes in income, for each income percentile, by President. I can’t vouch for its accuracy, but the post references a blogger from the NY Times.