It’s not just economic inequality—the gap between the rich and the poor—that is growing ever wider. Geographic inequality, the divide between rich and poor places, is too.
America’s growing geographic or spatial inequality is documented in great detail in recent studies from the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) and The Hamilton Project of Brookings Institution.
After narrowing mid-20th century, the economic gap between have and have-not places began to widen again in the 1980s. It hasn’t stopped growing.