According to a2016 Pew report,the middle class is shrinking in 90 percent of U.S. cities. It’s the first time in our nation’shistory that the middle class doesn’t makeuptheeconomic majority. Instead, the highest- and lowest-incomehouseholds combinedcomprise over 50 percent of the population. And in New York City, the divide is startling.One in five New Yorkers live below the poverty line, while the upper five percent of Manhattan residents earned more than $860,000 in 2014.GIS software companyEsrihas created a series of interactive maps that visualize thiswealth divide in NYC and across the country, revealingwhere the richest and poorest live and the new economic divisions that areforminginour major metropolitan areas.
Interactive map reveals New York City's huge income gap
One in five New Yorkers live below the poverty line.