Atlanta Is the Most Unequal U.S. City – Brookings Data Now

In this edition of Brookings Data Now: the income gap in America’s largest cities; NAFTA’s effect on North American FDI; cost of children not learning; cost of Medicare doctor payment fix; how much advanced industries workers get paid.



What the richest 5 percent of Atlanta households earned in 2012*

(* At least and on average.) The poorest 20 percent in Atlanta earned less than $15,000. Learn more about the 95/20 ratio in the nation’s 50 largest cities.

$650 billion

Amount of Foreign Direct Investment per annum (2010) in North America

FDI was $110 billion per annum in 1992. Find out how NAFTA (1994) contributed to this rise.

$129 billion

The cost per year of 250 million children worldwide not learning the basics

This is the equivalent of 10 percent of global spending on primary education. Learn more about the urgency of the global learning crisis.

$170 billion

Upper level potential cost of changing the way Medicare pays physicians 

The estimate ranges from $130 billion to $170 billion. Learn more about the issue and what scholars propose


Average annual salary of paid workers in Advanced Industries work

This is from 2012, and is nearly double the national average.

Mingwei Ma contributed to this post.