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Segregation based on poverty is a problem throughout the United States — but in the greater Milwaukee region, the problem is worse than in all other major urban areas.

As Richard Florida notes in The Atlantic, “Less advantaged communities suffer not just from a lack of economic resources but from everything from higher crime and drop-out rates to higher rates of infant mortality and chronic disease.”

Even within Milwaukee County there are significant income differences based on zip code. Working families in the county’s wealthiest zip code averaged just over $253,000 in annual income in 2012, compared to working families in the poorest zip code, who averaged just over $20,000 a year.

“The U.S. Cities Where the Poor Are Most Segregated From Everyone Else”
Richard Florida, The Atlantic, March 24, 2014

“New Study Shows Milwaukee’s Income Inequality”
Bruce Murphy, Urban Milwaukee, March 27, 2014

The study analyzed by Bruce Murphy, “Income Inequality among Working Families in Milwaukee County,” is from the UW-Milwaukee Employment & Training Institute.