UNNATURAL CAUSES is inequality making us sick? HEALTH EQUITY research topics and resources to learn more
Bookmark and Share

Income Inequality (Gini Index)

NOTICE how the U.S. ranks compared with Japan, Sweden, Hungary and the United Kingdom. Are you surprised that the U.S. is so unequal? HINT: if you are having trouble finding the U.S. on the chart, keep scrolling down.
The U.S. has by far the worst inequality among industrialized countries

The Gini index measures income inequality within a society. The lower the score, the more egalitarian a society.

The U.S. scores worse than 70 other countries, including many that are much poorer.

The relationship between relative inequality and population health is subject to debate. But it's clear that the U.S. has by far the most inequality and the worst health.

Data Source: United Nations Development Programme 2007-2008 report »



Life Expectancy at Birth »

Gross Domestic Product »

Annual Health Expenditure »

Children Living in Poverty »

Smoking Rates »

Infant Mortality »

Income Inequality »