Divergent Fortunes: Top Incomes and the Middle Class in Pennsylvania‰’s Counties

Ellis Wazeter, Estelle Sommeiller, Luis E. Basurto, Mark Price |

Growing economic inequality remains one of the most pressing public policy issues in Pennsylvania today. This paper explores long term trends in inequality at the county level in Pennsylvania using two yardsticks for the degree of inequality within a community: the share of households earning middle-class incomes, and the share of total income in the county earned by the top 1% of taxpayers.