The state with the largest income gap in 2016 was New York, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Other populous states, including California, Florida and Texas, also had relatively large gaps; Alaska had the least income inequality. Income inequality rose in every state between 2010 and 2016.

Source: Chris Kolmar, “These Are the States with the Highest (and Lowest) Income Inequality,” Zippia, March 2018, https://tinyurl.com/wpvhalm

Data for the graphic are as follows:

State 2016 National Income Inequality Ranking
Alabama 9
Alaska 50
Arkansas 18
Arizona 20
California 4
Colorado 29
Connecticut 2
Delaware 39
Florida 5
Georgia 7
Hawaii 46
Idaho 40
Illinois 10
Indiana 37
Iowa 44
Kansas 33
Kentucky 16
Louisiana 3
Maine 35
Maryland 36
Massachusetts 6
Michigan 24
Minnesota 38
Mississippi 9
Missouri 26
Montana 30
Nebraska 45
Nevada 34
New Hampshire 47
New Jersey 12
New Mexico 14
New York 1
North Carolina 15
North Dakota 31
Ohio 25
Oklahoma 23
Oregon 28
Pennsylvania 21
Rhode Island 17
South Carolina 19
South Dakota 41
Tennessee 11
Texas 8
Utah 49
Vermont 42
Virginia 22
Washington 32
West Virginia 27
Wisconsin 42
Wyoming 48

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